Centegra Health System Selects Axolotl’s Solutions to Launch Health Information Exchange

 May 18, 2010

Axolotl Provides Complete Interoperability, Community-Wide Virtual Health Record and EMR for the Centegra Physician Network

San Jose, CA May 18, 2010 - Centegra Health System, the region's leading healthcare provider serving the areas of McHenry and Woodstock, Illinois, and Axolotl Corp., the nationwide leader in health information exchange services and solutions, today announced that Centegra chose Axolotl to provide the HIE capabilities in launching the Centegra Physician Network, a health information technology sharing program that creates the region's first-ever Health Information Exchange (HIE). The program also provides local physicians with access to cutting-edge Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Practice Management (EPM) systems that will improve quality and healthcare delivery.

Powered by Axolotl's Elysium® Exchange platform, provided by Centegra Physician Network, participating physicians and hospitals will be able to better share and exchange life-saving medical information and patient histories seamlessly through a highly secure electronic network. Physicians can communicate directly from their EMR and exchange information without the use of a drop box, agent or any specialized hardware device in their practice - sharing referrals, laboratory results, radiology reports, and other patient data instantly and securely. Physicians not already on an electronic system can quickly and easily participate in the Centegra Physician Network using Axolotl's Elysium 9, a CCHIT Certified® 2008 Ambulatory EHR. Additionally, the Elysium Virtual Health Record (VHR) will provide all authorized physicians with single-click access to aggregated patient data from across the entire continuum of care. Furthermore, Centegra Physician Network will enable participating physicians with existing EMRs to connect and collaborate - NextGen interfaces are already underway.

"The Centegra Physician Network is an exciting opportunity for physicians," said Dr. Robin Purdy, medical provider with Centegra Primary Care. "We will be able to focus on patient care while being supported by the technology and expertise needed to help improve outcomes and streamline the way we deliver care. It enhances medical records storage and retention at individual medical offices, while also providing real-time access to critical information other healthcare providers need. In my opinion, this is a positive move for my practice, as well as the entire McHenry County healthcare delivery system."

"By creating Centegra Physician Network, we are taking the technology burden off of physicians so they can focus on providing the best possible care for our patients," said Centegra President and CEO Michael S. Eesley. "We are excited to be working with Axolotl to bring these innovations to doctors quickly so they can begin taking advantage of their benefits and helping improve healthcare for the entire community."

"Axolotl is proud to be partnered with Centegra Health System to launch the Centegra Physician Network, the region's first HIE," said Glenn Keet, President of Axolotl. "We look forward to clinically connecting their health care community and providing ambulatory physicians with interoperability for existing EMRs or Axolotl's affordable, pre-integrated EHR."

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