DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 13, 2009 — Cardinal Health and Orchard Software today announced an agreement to offer the Orchard® HarvestTM Laboratory Information System (LIS) and Orchard® Pathology Diagnostic Information System to physician office laboratory customers.
Laboratory Information Systems allow lab data to transfer easily to electronic health records (EHRs), enabling the consolidation of patient information into an electronic format and providing a seamless flow of data among EHRs, laboratory management/billing systems, instruments and reference labs. The integration eliminates manual data entry, reduces errors and ensures accurate invoicing for completed lab tests.
'In light of the new federal incentives related to EHRs, we expect a greater number of our customers to begin using new technologies that can streamline the way they do business,' said Kenny Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health's Ambulatory Care business. 'Providing our customers with access to innovative technologies like Orchard Software's Laboratory Information Systems is an important part of Cardinal Health's broader commitment to help health care providers improve back office efficiency, so they can focus on patient care.'
Also, for physician groups doing anatomic pathology testing in-house, with Orchard Pathology, Cardinal Health will be able to offer a comprehensive pathology solution that simplifies the complexity of clinical, molecular and pathology testing and reporting.
Along with the direct sales force at Orchard Software, Cardinal Health will be the exclusive health services company to offer the Orchard Harvest LIS and Orchard Pathology systems to physician office laboratories, making it more widely available to laboratory clinicians throughout the U.S. Cardinal Health is one of the largest suppliers to ambulatory care sites nationwide.
Our partnership with Cardinal Health allows Orchard Software to extend our reach to laboratorians so they can be more fully aware of how an Orchard lab system can streamline workflow and benefit their lab operations and patients, said Curt Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing of Orchard Software.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a Fortune 18 health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. As one of the largest health care companies in the world, Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 40,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com.
About Orchard Software
Orchard Software Corporation (Carmel, IN) was founded in 1993. Orchards laboratory information systems are installed in hundreds of laboratories across the United States including all sizes of multi-site and multi-specialty physician groups and clinics, hospitals, regional reference labs, student health centers, and public health organizations. Orchard® Harvest LIS utilizes rules-based decision-support, ICD-9 screening, and robust instrument, billing, EMR, and reference lab interfaces, to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and increase reimbursements. Orchard also offers a Microbiology module and Orchard® Pathology to eliminate paper and electronically integrate these departments with the rest of the laboratory via a single shared database. For laboratory outreach, Orchard Harvest Webstation and Orchard® Copia®, provide easy web-based access and EMR connectivity for remote order entry and results delivery.