SOURCE: Axolotl Corp.

January 03, 2007 08:44 ET

Greater Rochester RHIO Selects Axolotl for Health Information Exchange Solutions and Services

HEAL NY Recipient to Implement Federated Community Electronic Health Record

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 3, 2007 -- Greater Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (gRrhio), in New York, has selected Axolotl's e2 technology and professional services to realize their vision of a federated, patient-centric health information exchange. Using Axolotl's integrated Record Locator Service (RLS) and its community-wide Master Patient Index (MPI), providers throughout the community will have the ability to access medication history, laboratory reports, and radiology reports/eImaging via a secure web portal. Physicians in gRrhio's service area will also use Axolotl's integrated e-prescribing solution and secure clinical messaging to receive patient data from multiple hospitals, reference laboratories, and imaging centers. Data will be delivered to physicians in a way that aligns with their needs and fits with their current workflow -- directly to EMRs, to Axolotl's Elysium EMR or by fax. gRrhio, a HEAL NY funding recipient, covers a region of 9 counties, serving 1.2 million people.

A key factor in the selection process was Axolotl's federated data storage. The federated approach for a community electronic health record enables RHIO stakeholders to maintain complete control over the patient data made available to the health information exchange, while enabling secure, virtual views of patients' health records across the community.

Implementation will begin immediately, with several hospitals, labs, health plans and EMRs exchanging data within six months. Axolotl's professional services team will work closely with a team from gRrhio on the phased plan which will be complete by mid 2008.

"After an extensive vendor evaluation, Axolotl's solutions were the unanimous choice amongst a diverse group of health care providers," stated Ted Kremer, MPH, executive director of the Greater Rochester RHIO. "Axolotl's architectural approach and functionality along with a track record of experience and appreciation for the dynamics around a regional health information exchange were compelling. These findings, combined with Axolotl's engaged and collaborative working style were instrumental in our final selection."

Ted Kremer continued, "Axolotl clearly understands the issues around physician adoption, how to deliver rich functionality without too much complexity, while providing the flexibility necessary to support the work flows that occur in various health care settings."

"Axolotl is delighted to partner with gRrhio," said Ray Scott, CEO of Axolotl. "The gRrhio stakeholders have demonstrated a strong desire to improve the quality of health care in their region through collaboration. With Axolotl's proven technology and expertise in connecting communities we are confident we will turn their vision into reality."

About The Greater Rochester Regional Health Information Organization

The Greater Rochester RHIO is a collaborative, community effort involving health care providers, payers, hospitals, public health and the business community in an effort to improve patient health outcomes while promoting health system efficiencies. Having researched the value propositions inherent in a more patient-centric view of health information, one that spans institutions and organizational barriers, the Greater Rochester RHIO is moving forward as part of New York State's effort to create an improved health systems infrastructure.

About Axolotl Corporation

Axolotl provides advanced Web-based products and services that automate health information exchange and management between HIM departments, hospitals, clinics, labs, and physician offices. 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 for electronic health record creation, health information access, exchange, and management, and transcription services. For more information, visit

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