eHealth Global Technologies Expands Axolotl Image Exchange Services to Third Regional HIE

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eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT) is pleased to announce that the HealtheConnections™ RHIO of Central New York has recently incorporated access to diagnostic-quality medical images into its array of medical information that is readily available at providers’ fingertips.

eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT) is pleased to announce that the HealtheConnections™ RHIO of Central New York has recently incorporated access to diagnostic-quality medical images into its array of medical information that is readily available at providers’ fingertips. This service, Axolotl® Image Exchange, is offered by eHGT in partnership with Axolotl, and enables secure, rapid, and simple access to diagnostic images in seamless harmony with Axolotl’s HIE platform. HealtheConnections joins existing Axolotl Exchange customers Franciscan Health System (Tacoma, WA) and the Rochester RHIO (Rochester, NY), as a growing number of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are taking advantage of this innovative service.

Axolotl Image Exchange will benefit patient care by enabling participating healthcare providers to quickly access images originating at multiple radiology and cardiology image-provider sites, with a single click, and within the context of electronic patient records regardless of where they are located across the community served by the HealtheConnections RHIO. As a result of making images available when and where they are needed, healthcare providers and their patients will experience a reduced need for repeating unnecessary imaging exams, which will minimize patient radiation exposure. They will also be able to provide faster diagnosis and treatment, thus providing better coordination of care while reducing healthcare costs for all concerned. In addition, the costs and burden borne by providers and patients alike of reproducing, transporting, and trying to read CD and other storage media are all but eliminated.

“Axolotl Image Exchange offers a remarkable advantage over traditional methods to obtain images for referral physicians, for image intensive specialists, as well as for radiologists who need immediate access to comparison images from other locations. In seconds, authorized physicians can view their patient’s images in a single viewing environment regardless of how many different PACS technologies and imaging provider locations they may have originated at. This brings many benefits never realized before, resulting in a new standard of efficiency and quality of care,” says eHGT’s general manager for HIE Services, Gary Larson.            

“Several hospitals are already participating, and we are actively working with HealtheConnections to connect up to 20 image provider locations across Central and Northern New York to the image exchange in short order. This will provide HealtheConnections’ physicians with access to essentially all radiology and cardiology images part and parcel with their associated reports,” Larson added.

“We are excited to provide our physicians with the ability to view such a complete medical record that includes diagnostic quality images. This eliminates a huge burden on them as well as their patients. It speeds up care, cuts costs, and at the same time reduces the potential for excessive radiation exposure from unnecessary duplicate image exams,” said Rob Hack, executive director from HealtheConnections.

HIEs are realizing more and more the value, and even the necessity, of securely sharing diagnostic-quality images across their community in a secure, rapid and simple manner. eHGT continues to make strides in providing a state-of-the-art architecture for image exchange that best balances performance, functionality, and cost, finally making image exchange feasible for HIEs concerned with adding value for their stakeholders while achieving sustainability.

About HealtheConnections
HealtheConnections (pronounced "healthy-connections") is the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) of Central New York that is responsible for overseeing the secure, electronic health information exchange that gives authorized, participating medical providers access to complete patient medical histories and information in real-time.

HealtheConnections was launched in May 2010 and has since connected four hospitals and one lab. Expansion in 2011 will include 19 hospitals across 11 counties, physician offices, with other health care facilities to follow.
HealtheConnections was formed as the highest priority for the Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York (HAC-CNY). Established in 2005, HAC-CNY is a multi-stakeholder organization that has patient, physician, hospital, insurer, employer and pharmacy representation. Its board of directors is equally represented by businesses and organizations as well as the health care sector with the mission to advance the quality, access and safety of health care in Central New York while maintaining or decreasing costs. For more information, please visit http://healtheconnections.org/.

About Axolotl Corp
Axolotl, now OptumInsight, part of Optum – a leading health services business has been providing products and services for secure health information exchange and management since 1995. Powering HIE for thousands of health care entities - including hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs/HIEs), ACOs, clinics, laboratories, radiology centers and physician practices-they are reducing health care costs, eliminating redundancy and improving quality and efficiency.

Axolotl's SOA platform, community-wide Master Patient Index, EdgeServer(s), Interoperability HubTM (I-HUB), Community Virtual Health Record (VHR), and EHR solutions are all provided as software as a service (SaaS). For more information visit http://www.axolotl.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/axolotlcorp/

About eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT)
eHGT is a leading medical record retrieval and diagnostic image exchange service provider, serving 50% of the nation's top 100 hospitals and leading health information exchanges (HIEs). The company's services include eHealth Connect® Diagnostic Image Exchange and eHealth AccessTM Record Retrieval Service. Our services utilize innovative health information technology to access medical records and diagnostic images in any format, and then securely deliver them to providers and clinicians in a digital format to improve continuity of care. Web: http://www.eHGT.com

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