SOURCE: Axolotl Corp.

May 02, 2006 15:14 ET

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Grants to Three of Axolotl's RHIO Customers

Public Health Disease Reporting Automated With Elysium

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans, recently awarded grant funds to three of Axolotl's RHIO customers.

"We will be dramatically increasing the speed and completeness of public health disease reporting to help public health professionals with their critical mandate to monitor and safeguard public health," says Robert Steffel, executive director of Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge. "By leveraging our existing Axolotl Clinical Messaging infrastructure, called Elysium, we will provide immediate notification of reportable conditions to healthcare officials at a fraction of the cost of a standalone system." The Elysium system is already used by public health officials to rapidly inform physicians of significant disease outbreaks. The enhanced automation made possible by the foundation grant helps officials identify outbreaks much more rapidly. Currently, it is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to manually fill out and courier or mail forms for manual entry and processing by health department staff.

"Communicable disease is traditionally underreported in communities because of the additional effort required by healthcare providers to comply," reported Dick Thompson, executive director of Quality Health Network in Mesa County, Colorado. "Public health has the ability, for the first time, to implement electronic procedures that improve communications between public health and the healthcare community. This will improve the speed and quality, as well as decreasing the cost, of surveillance. Patient lab results and healthcare provider reports with clinical diagnoses that are reportable conditions, will be forwarded electronically to automatically notify local and state public health departments."

"With the threats on our nation today, automating the reporting of conditions guarantees that data is received by the relevant health care authorities -- immediately, so that outbreaks can be very quickly identified," reported Ray Scott, CEO at Axolotl. "We are thrilled that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has demonstrated support of Elysium and that our RHIO customers are leveraging this technology to further improve healthcare in their communities."

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