New England Partnership

Mon, Sep 3, 2001

Company Press Release

Partnership Between New England and Orion Software Development Signifies Rapid Adoption of Standardized Outcomes for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Sharing Common Vision of Integrating Outcomes into the Clinical Routine

Longmont, Colorado — September 3, 2001 — Orion Software Development, a leading provider of medical outcome software solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with the New England Regional Outcomes Task Force, an organization comprised of the New England affiliates of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). As a result of the partnership, the New England Regional Outcomes Task Force will utilize Orion Software Development’s Outcome Data Management System software either as a standalone data collection system, or in conjunction with one of the participating cardiac rehabilitation monitoring system manufacturers to facilitate outcome collection, analysis, and benchmarking in cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation programs across the multi-state region. Current participating monitoring system manufacturers are Quinton, ScottCare, and Life Sensing Instruments.

The New England Regional Outcomes Task Force has chosen outcome measures for measurement sensitivity, ease of application and consistency with meeting AACVPR’s certification standards. Orion Software Development, the participating manufacturers and representatives from each of the AACVPR affiliates in New England have worked together to integrate it into the Outcome Data Management System.

The purpose of the New England program is to evaluate possible differences in physical, behavioral, and clinical outcomes in individuals who participate in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. The mission of the New England program is to advance the science of outcome measurement in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. The goals of the New England program are: to develop a database, within New England; to establish a database to demonstrate outcome effectiveness of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; to assist in establishing outcome measurement methods within New England; and to provide a measurable database that might be used for benchmarking as well as further research and/or publication.

The University of New England will be the archival center for the outcome data.

“We are very excited to be working with Orion Software Development, ScottCare, Quinton and Life Sensing Instruments, as we begin our outcome study in New England”, said Ken Huhn MS, FAACVPR, Chair of the New England Regional Outcomes Task Force. “We chose the software from Orion Software Development because of its flexibility, widespread distribution, and willingness of Orion to work closely with us and our participating programs and companies. New England has some of the world’s most renowned medical institutions. This study will utilize the data from those institutions, as well as mid and small size institutions, to establish a benchmarking program that truly reflects the New England population and is useful for all programs to use for performance improvement.”

“The Outcome Data Management System is rapidly becoming the de facto standard outcome tool in the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation clinics around the world,” said Brandon Fuller, President of Orion Software Development. “Our relationship with the folks of New England will help bring the Outcome Data Management System to an even broader audience, making standardized outcome collection & analysis universal for rehabilitation programs across in the region.”

Availability

The Outcome Data Management System is immediately available from Orion Software Development and its distributors.

ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL OUTCOMES TASK FORCE

The New England Regional Outcomes Task Force is an organization comprised of the New England affiliates of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Contact the Chair, Ken Huhn MS, FAACVPR, at (207) 262-1161 or via e-mail at khuhn@mint.net for more information or contact your local representative: from Connecticut, Dawn Smith, R.N. via e-mail at dawnsmith@wtbyhosp.chime.org; from Maine, Ken Huhn, MS, FAACVPR khuhn@mint.net; from Massachusetts, Charlotte Cuneo, R.N., M.S.N. via e-mail at Charlotte_Cuneo@sshosp.org from New Hampshire, Barbara Dalrymple, R.N. via e-mail at bcdalrymple@aol.com; from Rhode Island, Delaine Wright, M.S. via e-mail at delainemwright@hotmail.com; from Vermont, Patrick Savage, M.S. via e-mail at gsimons@BICS.BWH.harvard.edu.

ABOUT THE OUTCOME DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Outcome Data Management System is a Microsoft Windows-based software application provides the ability to collect and analyze standardized behavioral, clinical, health and economic outcome data. With this product, users can analyze individual patient performance, as well as overall program performance, by creating customized reports and charts. The software includes many standardized outcome measurement tools, such as the six-minute distance walk, SF-36 Health Survey, knowledge tests and more. Users have the ability to export their outcome data to participate in statewide or nationwide benchmarking.

ABOUT ORION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Orion Software Development is a leading provider of medical outcome software solutions. The company develops applications that enable organizations to collect and analyze outcome data using a personal computer. The company’s flagship product, the Outcome Data Management System™, is used in hundreds of cardiopulmonary clinics throughout the United States. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, Orion Software Development markets its products through direct sales and distributors, such as >Quinton Instrument Company and Life Sensing Instrument Company. Orion Software Development can be contacted by phone at (720) 494-7950, via fax at (720) 494-7951, through e-mail at info@orionsoftwaredev.com or via the World Wide Web at http://www.orionsoftwaredev.com.

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