SOURCE: Axolotl Corp.

October 10, 2007 08:00 ET

Western New York HealtheLink RHIO Partners With Axolotl for Health Information Exchange Solution

HEAL NY Phase One Winner Establishes a HIE With Electronic Prescribing and Diagnostic Data Exchange for Western New York

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 10, 2007) - HealtheLink, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, announced today the selection of Axolotl Corp. to deploy and maintain a secure and reliable infrastructure for the timely and accurate electronic exchange of clinical information among healthcare providers, insurers and other medical professionals. HealtheLink will be utilizing Axolotl's Elysium hybrid federated solution to connect community healthcare participants and provide an electronic system for real-time sharing of clinical information among healthcare professionals.

"It's all about improving the quality of healthcare for the people of Western New York," said Dan Porreca, executive director of HealtheLink. "Our selection committee had a thorough selection process -- to find the best solution that would promote collaboration, limit duplication, control healthcare costs and improve the delivery of services, clinical outcomes and patient safety. Given these diverse needs in addition to linking multiple EMRs, Axolotl's vast experience in health information exchange, and proven success in many other communities made them the clear choice."

HealtheLink is a not-for-profit organization focused on clinical initiatives; it has seven charter members, comprising the four major health systems and hospitals and three health plans. Partial funding is also provided by the New York State's HEAL NY program. This Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) will include over 10 hospitals and health systems, three health plans, public health and over 1,000 physicians.

Using Axolotl's community-wide Master Patient Index (MPI) to identify all patients, providers in Buffalo and surrounding communities will have the ability to access laboratory reports, radiology reports/eImaging, medication history, allergies and other important patient information across the region, via a secure Web application. Using Clinical Messaging™, patient data will be delivered directly to physicians' EMRs. Physicians will also use Axolotl's integrated e-prescribing solution, with connectivity to SureScripts and RXHub networks for prescriptions, renewals, formulary and eligibility data.

"Axolotl is delighted to partner with HealtheLink, providing the technology and professional services to connect their healthcare community and improve patient care outcomes," said Ray Scott, CEO of Axolotl. "The HealtheLink stakeholders have shown a strong sense of community and leadership. We are excited to help them reach their goals as we have in our other communities."

Work has already started on the HealtheLink HIE. The first phase of physicians and their staff are expected to be live with full functionality by the end of October 2007.

About HealtheLink

HealtheLink, The Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, is a unique collaboration among physician, hospital, and insurance organizations to share clinical information in efficient and meaningful ways to improve the delivery of care, enhance clinical outcomes, and control healthcare costs throughout the region. HealtheLink is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. HealtheLink supports and is working toward the vision of creating community-based virtual medical records and other clinical applications.

About Axolotl Corporation

Axolotl provides advanced Web-based products and services that automate health information exchange and management for hospitals, clinics, labs, physician offices and RHIOs. By connecting the healthcare community, our e2 technology increases efficiency, cuts the cost of information exchange, and improves the quality of care. Thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide are using Axolotl's Elysium solutions for electronic health record creation, health information access, exchange, and management, and transcription services. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Nicole Spencer
    Axolotl Corporation
    (530) 269-1806
    Email Contact