February 22, 2011

Axial Exchange and Alcatel-Lucent to Showcase Integrated Voice and Data Solution for Real-Time Collaboration Among Disparate Physicians

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Axial Exchange

In brief: Delivering high quality care while maintaining costs often hinges on the ability of physicians from separate specialties and physical locations to communicate. This can be especially true when patients visit a hospital or emergency department and rely on information flow between the hospital-based providers and their primary care physicians for a coordinated treatment plan. Without a continuity of care across physicians, poor outcomes, including costly readmissions, can rise. Axial Exchange and Alcatel-Lucent have teamed up to create a solution that allows care teams within hospitals to collaborate with outside physicians. The joint solution is comprised of the Axial Communication Platform and the Alcatel-Lucent MyTeamwork product.

The Axial Communication Platform enables hospital-based care providers to share information with outside providers. For example, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, the Axial system immediately alerts the relevant outside care providers. Then, Axial gathers clinical information from the various hospital systems and provides electronic summaries of the hospital visit to the various outside stakeholders. The clinical summaries are designed for the information needs of each stakeholder, such as primary care physicians, specialists, and medical home case managers. No special software is needed. The summaries are available on smart phones and web browsers and are delivered real-time as the information is captured within the hospital. As the Axial Communication Platform leverages both open source software and a cloud-based delivery model, it is available at a fraction of the cost of historical health IT solutions.

The Alcatel-Lucent MyTeamwork product provides seamless voice functionality within the Axial Communication Platform. For example, with one click, a primary care physician can collaborate with the care team within a hospital setting to provide key background information about a patient's clinical history.

"The combination of Axial's innovative solution design, open source economics and product scalability make it a perfect match for the Alcatel-Lucent My Teamworks Platform. We are excited to be working with Axial Exchange in providing a valuable and robust solution to the healthcare marketplace," says Alcatel-Lucent's Jim White, VP Connected Hospitals.

"We are thrilled to work with an innovation powerhouse such as Alcatel-Lucent to bring a solution to market that benefits both patients and hospital economics," says Joanne Rohde, Axial CEO

About Alcatel-Lucent Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2 billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent

About Axial Exchange, Inc. Axial Exchange provides software that enables continuity of care across care settings. The Axial Communication Platform is designed for hospitals to coordinate with outside providers - from EMS paramedics to post-discharge providers. Axial combines the value of open source software with the scalability of modern cloud architecture to reduce the cost and complexity of health care interoperability.

For more information, visit Axial on the internet: http://www.axialexchange.com

SOURCE Axial Exchange, Inc.