Axolotl Delivers Medical Image Sharing Technology for Health Information Exchanges

San Jose, CA October 26, 2009 - Axolotl Corp., the nationwide leader in health information exchange (HIE) solutions and services, today announced the immediate availability of Elysium Image Exchange, a state-of-the-art technology integrated with Axolotl's Elysium® Exchange suite of products. Powered by Axolotl's partner eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT), Elysium Image Exchange enables the electronic sharing of diagnostic quality medical images between health care providers participating in an HIE.

The partnership enables Axolotl to market a solution that leverages the eHGT technology to retrieve and securely deliver diagnostic quality medical images in a cost-effective and easy to implement service, available today. Elysium Image Exchange is one of the first partner applications to leverage the Elysium SOA platform's web services-based integration capability. The Elysium SOA platform is a technology which enables critical, high value applications to be easily integrated into the HIE via exposed APIs.

With a single click, authorized users of the HIE can quickly access images from multiple disparate picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) from any radiology and cardiology imaging provider that participates in an HIE. Traditional medical image sharing approaches require a CD or a print to be sent to physicians, as electronic image access was not possible due to large bandwidth and processing requirements.

Rochester RHIO, powered by Axolotl, allows authorized users to see patient information, including radiology images, at any time from any computer with a secure Internet connection. Physicians using either Axolotl's Elysium EMR Lite, a CCHIT certified EMR, or Axolotl's Virtual Health Record, a community wide EHR, are able to view and access diagnostic quality medical images - including X-rays, MRI, CT scans and Ultrasound-from six radiology centers. The Greater Rochester RHIO covers the 9-county Rochester, New York region, with 20 hospitals and health care organizations providing information on more than 1.2 million patients.

Dr. Daniel Jacobson, President of Rochester Radiology and Rochester Diagnostic Imaging, noted that being able to automate access to patient images across institutions has improved patient care. "This new capability offers a tremendous advantage over traditional methods to obtain comparison images. In seconds, we can view other studies our patients have had, use that information, and interpret today's study proficiently and efficiently."

Ted Kremer, Executive Director of Rochester RHIO, added that making radiology images more accessible benefits all members of a patient's medical team. "Primary care physicians, specialists and radiologists can view images on-screen from any participating radiology provider for a more complete picture of their patients' health. The anytime, anywhere access can help in emergency situations, second opinions and routine visits."

"Until now, remotely accessing images on disparate PACS required a multitude of dedicated viewers on the physician's PC, which often caused compatibility issues as well as training problems. Elysium Image Exchange enables a single, robust unified viewer to access studies on any PACS connected to the HIE," said Glenn Keet, President of Axolotl. "We are thrilled to have best of class applications such as Image Exchange integrated into our open web services platform."

Additional Elysium Image Exchange benefits and features include:

Referring Clinicians

  • Streamlined referral process
  • Immediate access to reports with images

• Consistent delivery format for all clinical information

 

Imaging Providers

  • Ready access to priors from all locations
  • Improved outreach to referring sources

• Easily implemented and managed, without affecting existing PACS systems

 

IT/Administration

  • Reduced costs with minimal impact on existing systems
  • Less IT effort managing community users
  • Fewer user licenses and less infrastructure to support

• Reduced need to burn, distribute and store CDs and films

 

About eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT)
eHGT is a leading medical record retrieval and electronic delivery service provider, currently serving over 20 percent of the nation's top 100 hospitals. eHGT's services help patients, medical centers, clinical departments, communities, and clinical trials organizations improve productivity, reduce waste, and improve patient care. Each service utilizes innovative information technology to retrieve medical records and images of all formats and securely deliver them to healthcare providers or an individual's Personal Health Record. eHGT's world-class clinical customer support team collects and manages patient data regardless of the source and format of the data. Please visit the web site at www.eHGT.com for more information.

About Axolotl Corp
Founded in 1995, Axolotl Corp. is North America's leading provider of browser-based products and services for secure health information exchange and management. Its award-winning Elysium® Exchange suite of solutions enables health care providers to instantly share information, reduce costs, and improve quality and efficiency.

Elysium helps thousands of health care entities-including hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs/HIEs), clinics, laboratories, radiology centers and physician practices-to securely exchange clinical information for more than 25 million patients. Elysium's community-wide Master Patient Index, EdgeServer(s), Interoperability Hub (I-Hub), Community Virtual Health Record (VHR), and certified ambulatory EMR with integrated e-Prescribing are all provided as a software service (SaaS). Axolotl-employed U.S.-based transcriptionists, combined with an integrated NLP engine, provide high-quality medical transcription services for acute and ambulatory care environments connected to Elysium HIEs.

Axolotl is based in San Jose and best known for introducing Clinical Messaging®, now at the heart of all health information exchange. For more information about Axolotl, see www.axolotl.com.

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Contact:
Elvia Watts, Press Relations Manager, Axolotl Corp, 408-920-0800 x.176, [email protected]

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