Elysium(R) Exchange by Axolotl Selected to Power New Statewide Idaho Health Information Exchange Linking 1500-plus Healthcare Providers

2008-07-17 08:46:00

Gov. Otter Calls Project ‘A Crucial

Step Forward in Improving Healthcare’ Across

Idaho

BOISE, Idaho & SAN JOSE, Calif.–(EMWNews)–Axolotl Corp. of San Jose has been selected to supply the technology to

power the Idaho Health Data Exchange, the states

first statewide health

information exchange or HIE. Axolotl’s award-winning Elysium®

Exchange technology will electronically connect more than 1500 Idaho

physicians, 30 hospitals and 10 reference labs across the state so they

can voluntarily share clinical information in real time, said IHDE Board

Chairperson Dick Compton, who announced the contract. The former Idaho

state senator also chairs the Health

Quality Planning Commission, whose plan for a health data exchange

led to the creation of IHDE.

This project is a fundamental building block

in transforming healthcare in Idaho, said

Idaho Governor C.L. Butch

Otter. Medical professionals across the

spectrum will be able to access the information they need to make

better, faster diagnoses using technology that protects confidentiality.

Its a crucial step forward in improving

healthcare for Idahoans. IHDEs

goals align with those of the Governors Select

Committee on Health Care.

A public benefit corporation, IHDE, Inc., is a unique statewide

partnership of Idaho healthcare providers, health insurance companies

and citizens. In 2006, the Idaho State Legislature created the Health

Quality Planning Commission and charged it with devising a plan for

developing a uniform, statewide, flexible and interoperable health

information technology system. The Commission then created Idaho Health

Data Exchange, Inc., to create a health information exchange. The

public-private partnership includes Saint Alphonsus and St. Lukes

Hospitals (both in Boise), Kootenai Medical Center (Coeur dAlene),

St. Marys Hospital and Clinics (Cottonwood),

Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (Orofino), physicians and

pharmacists, and insurers such as Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence Blue

Shield.

As the countrys leading HIE technology

vendor, Axolotl has enabled regional collaboratives around the country

to create successful health information exchanges since 1995. The

Exchange will use Clinical

Messaging® technology developed by

Axolotl to allow secure linking and sharing of patient-centric

information without compromising data ownership, location or format.

Its quite

impressive how healthcare competitors are actively collaborating to

create one statewide system that will benefit all Idahoans,

noted Compton.

After two years of detailed planning, we

chose Axolotl for their proven record of success in health information

exchange, said Blue Cross Idaho CIO Mike

Cannon who chairs the HQPC Technical Standards Subcommittee.

Axolotls

technology will enable us to quickly and cost-effectively implement the

Exchange, which is designed to improve patient safety and quality of

care while helping to contain healthcare costs,

noted IHDE Executive Director LaDonna Larson. Axolotl

clearly provided the most value for the dollar. We chose them because

they are a clear HIE leader in terms of both technology and experience.

We are pleased Idaho has chosen Axolotl as

its technology partner for this important initiative,

said Axolotl CEO Ray Scott, an eHealth

Initiative board member. Together we can

help Idaho improve outcomes and reduce cost through real-time electronic

health information exchange.

More about IHDE

A unique partnership of Idaho healthcare providers, insurance companies

and citizens, the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) was created to

improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare in the state

through the secure exchange of health information. Development of the

Exchange will help realize the Presidential goal of value-driven

healthcare and the establishment of a nationwide electronic health

information network.

On the Net: IDHE/IHQPC site www.idahohde.org

About Axolotl

Founded in 1995, Axolotl Corp. is North Americas

leading provider of browser-based products and services for secure

health information exchange (HIE)

and management. Its award-winning Elysium®

Exchange suite enables healthcare providers to instantly share

information as well as reduce costs, improve quality and optimize

efficiency.

Today Elysium helps thousands of healthcare entities

including hospitals, health systems, regional

health information organizations (RHIOs/HIOs), clinics,

laboratories, radiology centers and physician practices

securely exchange clinical information for more than 25 million

patients. Elysiums community-wide Master

Patient Index, EdgeServer(s), Interoperability Hub, Virtual Health

Record and EMR Lite with integrated e-prescribing are all provided as a

software service. In addition, Axolotl-employed U.S.-based

transcriptionists provide high-quality medical

transcription services, rapid turnaround and total billing

transparency using Elysium technology for report delivery.

Axolotl is based in San Jose and best known for introducing Clinical

Messaging®, now at the heart of all health

information exchange.

On the Net: Axolotl site: www.axolotl.com

Axolotl (San Jose)
Carol Somer, 408-920-0800 ext. 165
888-AXO-LOTL
858-204-7424

(cell)
pr@axolotl.com
or
IHDE,

Inc. (Boise)
LaDonna Larson, 208-373-1407 (valid until 7/25/08)
208-332-7253

(after 7/28/08)
larsonl@dhw.idaho.gov

(valid until 7/25/08)
llarson@idahohde.org

(after 7/28/08)
or
Gov. Otters

Office (Boise)
Jon Hanian, 208-334-2100

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