Orchard Software announces Point-Of-Care Testing Network

Sept. 23, 2020

Orchard Software launched the Orchard Point-of-Care Testing Network, designed to help businesses integrate and connect point-of-care (POC) testing across multiple locations. The subscription-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) solution will allow users to automate and manage point-of-care testing processes through device integration and system interfacing, enabling electronic test ordering and automated result reporting, according to a press release from Orchard. This connectivity also will allow for rapid communication of, and response to, point-of-care test results.

Orchard said the Point-of-Care Testing Network will be particularly beneficial for senior living facilities, helping them effectively manage their point-of-care testing by tracking devices and operators, managing orders and results, and enabling rapid test turnaround time. By providing top-level security, reliability, and system management, the network’s SaaS model makes the system easy for businesses to implement and use. The network can assist senior living facilities and other businesses that may require a CLIA certification by managing clinical questions and providing data mining and decision-support tools that compile and report required data. The Orchard Point-of-Care Testing Network can also be used by other businesses to automate and manage point-of-care testing processes.

Specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orchard Point-of-Care Testing Network will enable rapid disease reporting so that patients can receive timely diagnoses and treatment. Advanced decision-support rules route reflex testing based on various criteria, automatically send reflex test orders to reference labs based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and auto-verify results to speed delivery to various recipients, meeting various government reporting requirements. By streamlining COVID-19 result tracking, contact tracing and appropriate quarantining can be initiated to help mitigate disease spread.

“Orchard’s products continue to evolve to help solve the critical challenges facing providers who are caring for vulnerable populations, and to support the shifting healthcare environment. We understand the value of point-of-care testing and its role in patient care, and we are fully committed to helping our customers in integrate point-of-care testing across locations and facilities to strengthen their role in improving patient care and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Billie Whitehurst, Orchard’s CEO.

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