September 16, 2008

‘Who’s Who’ of Health Information Exchange to Speak at 7th Annual Axolotl Customer Conference

The "Who's Who" of Health Information Exchange (HIE) will "exchange experience" at Axolotl's Seventh Annual Customer Conference--to be held Oct. 1-3, 2008, at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel New York. As the country's leading HIE technology vendor, Axolotl Corp. has been enabling healthcare collaboratives to improve healthcare quality and efficiency since 1995.

"Our theme this year is 'exchange experience'," said Ray Scott, CEO of Axolotl. "We are thrilled to be able to bring together America's leading HIE executives and experts so they can share strategies for success." Scott says he is looking forward to reconnecting with Axolotl customers from regional health information organizations (RHIOs), HIE's, hospitals and other healthcare entities at several networking events, including a Wednesday night reception and Thursday customer appreciation dinner.

"We look forward to hearing about the various data sharing outcomes, RHIO sustainability models, Elysium utilization and many other exciting topics," said Merlene Rodgers, conference chair and Axolotl's VP of Client Services. "Patient care in connected communities is improving significantly; physicians have more complete patient information, public health agencies automatically receive bio-surveillance information; providers can be immediately alerted in the event of an epidemic, and EHRs are able to exchange patient information with one another."

"Solutions like Axolotl's advanced healthcare technology have empowered communities around the U.S. to support improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency," said industry leader Lori M. Evans, who will be the conference keynote speaker. "Competing provider organizations are breaking down information silos and securely sharing important clinical information in a way that benefits the hospitals, physicians, payers and, most importantly, the patient. Their forward-thinking use of technology to interconnect providers is helping repair a fragmented delivery system and reduce the cost of healthcare in their communities." Evans, the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and former Senior Advisor for Dr. David Brailer, the nation's first National Health IT Coordinator, will speak on "The Next Wave of Health IT: How Governance, Accountability and Funding Are Essential to Advance the Nationwide Health Information Network to Improve Care."

Other presenters include:

-- Ken Majkowski, PharmD, Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Product Strategy, at RX HUB -- will address "The current status of ePrescribing: transaction workflow, legislative impact and adoption trends".

-- Robert Steffel, Executive Director, HealthBridge -- will talk about how they are using "Community-wide patient centric data to support a regional (multi-hospital!) acute stroke network".

-- Dick Thompson, Executive Director, Quality Health Network -- will explain "How a RHIO can support chronic care".

-- Todd Rowland, M.D. Executive Director, HealthLINC -- will share his experience in "Physician engagement".

-- Marc Holland, Program Director, Health Industry Insights -- will talk about connectivity options for hospitals and communities - where we are and where we are going.

-- Bill Beighe, CIO, Physicians Medical Group, Santa Cruz -- will reveal how the Elysium Interoperability Hub has positively impacted the community by enabling bi-directional health information sharing.

-- Ted Kremer, Executive Director, gRHIO -- will talk about "The challenges of building social capital in support of health information exchange technologies" and participate on a panel with Daniel E. Porreca, Executive Director, HEALTHeLINK and Al Marino, Chief Information Officer, Queens Health Network-Interboro RHIO to discuss their HIE communities.

-- Dr. Cliff Robertson, President, Franciscan Medical Group and Sr. VP Physician Development, Franciscan Health System, Bill Beighe, CIO, Physicians Medical Group, Santa Cruz, and Dick Thompson, Executive Director, Quality Health Network -- will share their experience in "Increasing Elysium adoption".

-- LaDonna Larson, Executive Director, Idaho Health Data Exchange, Dr. Michael Westcott, CMO, Alegent Health Systems, NeHII and Lori Evans, Deputy Commissioner, NY State Department of Health -- will discuss "Going state wide".

-- Steve Martin, President & CEO of Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Nebraska, Dr. Michael Westcott, CMO, Alegent Health Systems, Deb Bass, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) Executive Director & President and Christopher M. Henkenius, M.B.A., P.M.P., Program Manager, Bass & Associates, Inc. -- will discuss "Community betterment through HIE - engaging stakeholders to create a sustainable, large-scale HIE" with audience.

-- Rodney Cain, CTO, Vice President of Operations, HealthBridge -- will talk about their NHIIN participation with HealthLINK and Axolotl and "The future of HIE interconnectivity".

-- Christine Chang, Associate Analyst, Healthcare and Vertical Markets Technology, Datamonitor Inc. -- will discuss "Building networks of networks to achieve interoperability in healthcare".

For more information please visit Axolotl's website. Customers, please register by September 19 to ensure your space:

About Axolotl

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(R) Exchange suite of solutions enables healthcare providers to instantly share information, reduce costs, and improve quality and efficiency.

Today Elysium helps thousands of healthcare entities--including hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs/HIEs), clinics, laboratories, radiology centers and physician practices--securely exchange clinical information for more than 25 million patients. Elysium's 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(R), now at the heart of all health information exchange.