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ATLANTA – Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) is teaming up with Orion Health to offer a public health reporting system that is designed to detect, track and help prepare rapid responses to a disease outbreak.

The solution, called , is being unveiled Monday at a Centers for Disease Control conference in Atlanta.

The system is designed to automate public health reporting.

The press release from Cisco and Orion Health:

Atlanta – Orion Health, Inc. and Cisco today announced the Rhapsody® AXP, a new solution to address current challenges in public health reporting and to improve the early detection, tracking and rapid response to possible disease outbreaks such as seasonal or H1N1 flu.

The solution integrates the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP), Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) and the Orion Health Rhapsody platform to provide a pre-configured and highly secure public health reporting solution.

The companies unveiled the joint solution, Rhapsody AXP, to audiences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Information Network PHIN Conference 2009, today in Atlanta, GA.

Currently healthcare organizations are encumbered with antiquated or manual public health reporting processes and systems. These processes and systems increase the costs of public health reporting, lower overall care productivity and impact the quality of care. The Rhapsody AXP solution automates public health reporting by enabling the highly secure and efficient interchange of medical data between organizations.

Healthcare providers will utilize standards based transactions from the solution to quickly and accurately transmit and share data between public health agencies, partners, and healthcare information exchanges for improved disease monitoring and response.

Kathy English, director of Cisco Global Healthcare Solutions, notes the Rhapsody solution meets the demands for providers to both transmit reports as well as receive public health notifications in a simple and cost-effective manner. The Rhapsody AXP utilizes global industry software and hardware open standards to ensure its integration into health information systems, remarked English

Paul Viskovich, Orion Health President of North America and EMEA, anticipates that smaller sites and remote clinics may find this version of Rhapsody particularly useful.

"Rhapsody AXP helps health facilities of any size to contribute to the national preparedness effort by streamlining and automating the process for data exchange using PHIN standards to report to the CDC," continued Mr. Viskovich.

Rhapsody AXP is designed to be deployed with minimal IT resources within a hospital’s or clinic’s existing reporting system. Cisco Integrated Services Routers with Cisco Application Extension Platform provide a robust and highly secure platform for transmitting and receiving healthcare data.

Rhapsody AXP formats the data and routes it within the hospital or clinic, and between organizations and across regions. This includes the Centers for Disease Control for data sharing and analysis, as well as the detection of patterns of common disease symptoms.

Rhapsody AXP uses standards-based technology to integrate data within a facility and between external partners taking advantage of existing IT investments and systems. Currently the company helps facilities and healthcare communities that connect 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users.