STARLIMS and Orion Partner for Public Health

Rhapsody™ and STARLIMS Streamline Data Exchange for Public Health Organizations

Santa Monica, CA. and Hollywood, FL. September 1st ,2004, Orion Systems International Inc, a leading provider of clinical workflow and integration technology to the healthcare industry, and STARLIMS Corporation, the number one global provider of Laboratory Information Management Systems, (LIMS), have announced today a partnership to address the need for rapid and unified exchange of laboratory data between information systems and organizations.

STARLIMS will embed Orion’s Rhapsody™ Integration Engine in their LIMS solution, leveraging Rhapsody’s support for HL7 Version 3 W3C messaging schemas for the reporting of surveillance data and the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) message transport required for the secure transmission of public health data.

The use of Rhapsody™ will significantly reduce the complexity involved for public health partners when extracting or populating data from the STARLIMS system.

The partnership between Orion and STARLIMS is particularly targeted at providing support for agencies involved in the Centers for Disease Control’s nationwide PHIN initiative, which aims to build a standard framework for the consistent exchange of response, health, and disease tracking data between public health partners throughout the United States.

“STARLIMS’ is committed to meeting the needs of the public health labs sector. Rhapsody will ensure the streamlined and protected exchange of data between public health institutions, enforcing the strength of this commitment.” stated Isaac Friedman, president & CEO of STARLIMS Corporation.

“Ensuring the reliable and secure reporting of disease surveillance data is a prime challenge facing the public health sector today,” said Paul Viskovich, president North America of Orion Systems International. “Orion is enthusiastic about the opportunities our partnership with STARLIMS offers to bring faster, more effective data exchange to public health organizations.”

Rhapsody Integration Engine offers public health organizations a secure and fault tolerant integration infrastructure for messaging, embracing the latest in public health standards.  This will further facilitate the transfer of disease surveillance data between laboratories, government agencies and public health entities.

STARLIMS public health solutions are designed as a platform for linking between regional public health partners working under the PHIN framework, HL7 messaging protocols and using LOINC and SNOMED as the common vocabulary for test names and observations. This functionality enables cross-site sample transfer and data exchange.

About STARLIMS Corporation

Selected as the #1 global LIMS provider STARLIMS Corporation delivers cost effective, easy-to-use collaborative LIMS solutions to organizations in the public health, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, forensics, food & beverage, environmental and chemical industries. The full featured, flexible, multilingual laboratory information management system provides complete traceability leading to regulatory compliance, without compromising process versatility.

The company’s’15-year track record together with STARLIMS’ architecture have earned us recognition for “future proofing” our customers investments in internal know-how and for straightforward conversions of disparate legacy systems.  For more information, please visit

About Orion Systems International

Orion Systems International delivers a complete, end-to-end IT integration platform for information systems of all kinds. Orion’s easy-to-use tools and applications integrate and enhance existing systems and deliver secure, universal access to information. Orion’s clinical information solutions have been used and trusted around the world for ten years. Orion has more than 1,000 clients worldwide including Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York State Department of Health, Central Washington Hospital, McKesson, NaviMedix, CDC, Abbott Laboratories and many more. More information can be found at