TMC to participate in the Health Information Network of Arizona

Tucson Medical Center is proud to be one of the initial hospitals that will connect to the Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAZ). Below is the press release issued yesterday regarding this important effort.

September 26, 2011 02:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Health Information Network of Arizona Launches State Health Information Exchange

Axolotl HIE enables authorized health care providers across Arizona to exchange health information

SAN JOSE, Calif. & TUCSON, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz), and Axolotl Corp., now OptumInsight, today announced their partnership to create a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) network in Arizona. HINAz will implement the Axolotl HIE platform from OptumInsight to build the HIE infrastructure to enable the sharing and exchange of clinical data from all available sources across the state – improving access, quality and safety of health care while reducing and stabilizing costs.

“Interoperability between health care systems will greatly improve the quality and coordination of care for the residents of Arizona.”

HINAz is an Arizona not-for-profit that began through the work of Southern Arizona Health Information Exchange and Arizona Medical Information Exchange. The two entities joined together to build a more comprehensive HIE for Arizona. HINAz represents the work of a community of dedicated individuals and has become a collaborative effort of major health care entities – including health plans, hospitals, large group practices, business leadership, consumers and local administrations in Arizona.

“After extensive work, we are pleased to have selected OptumInsight as our technology partner. Health Information Exchange is a rapidly evolving concept. HINAz intends to be in the forefront of that evolution with carefully thought out, planned growth that places the community’s needs and priorities first. I am confident that OptumInsight will be a significant partner in helping us evolve with, and perhaps be ahead of, the rest of the nation in developing a statewide and comprehensive HIE,” said Dr. K. Bharathan, Interim CEO, HINAz.

“I congratulate the stakeholders of HINAz on their vision, courage and tenacity to persevere and achieve this milestone. OptumInsight looks forward to completing deployment of the full suite of Axolotl HIE solutions, providing a secure exchange so that any authorized health care provider can access and electronically exchange and share their patient health information,” said Glenn Keet, President of Axolotl, now OptumInsight. “Interoperability between health care systems will greatly improve the quality and coordination of care for the residents of Arizona.”

“At the center of HINAz is the intention of its members to enhance the quality of care for all Arizonans. HINAz, and the launch of this statewide HIE, is the direct result of extensive collaboration among the health care community in Arizona and its many stakeholders. It is through this multi-year effort of intense coordination and planning among the many diverse participants that we were able to identify this solution that will ultimately reduce duplication, reduce costs and delays, lead to better continuity of care, better decisions about care, greater safety, and meet the original goal we set out to achieve – better care for all of Arizona,” said William F. Vanaskie, Chairman of HINAz and COO of Maricopa Integrated Health System.

The Axolotl HIE solution, a secure and interoperable platform built upon standards will provide the connection capability across disparate health information systems and physician electronic health records (EHRs), connecting all participating HINAz health care providers and existing “HIE ecosystems” within Arizona for electronic exchange of patient data.

The HINAz HIE will enable authorized health care providers to automatically access complete clinical information about their patient to determine what medications are prescribed, what X-rays or other tests have been ordered, known allergies, conditions and more. Physicians can view this information quickly and easily in the Axolotl Virtual Health Record (VHR), reducing medication errors, duplication of tests and improving the quality of care.

Physicians not already using EHRs can quickly connect to the state HIE using any certified EHR, Axolotl EMR Lite or Axolotl EHR, both certified by the Office of National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) 2011/2012 for achieving Meaningful Use. These Axolotl technologies are pre-integrated and fully interoperable, connecting physicians for secure, electronic communication and collaboration.

Initially, HINAz’s main function will be to provide information to Emergency Departments and Urgent Care centers so providers can quickly access the patients’ clinical information and provide more educated and timely services. As the use of EHRs increases among clinicians, and trust in the safety and security of HINAz increases over time, the goal is to be able – with patient consent – to perform additional functions that further the promotion of safe and high quality care.

The launch event for the Health Information Network of Arizona kicks off on Tuesday, September 27 at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will include presentations from the executives of HINAz, the Arizona Health-e Connection, and others, as well as product demonstrations from OptumInsight. For more information, please visit http://www.hinaz.org.

Health Information Network of Arizona joins Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services in Michigan, HealthInsight in Nevada, Health Information Partnership for Tennessee (HIP TN), among other leading statewide (Idaho, Maryland, Nebraska, Utah and, in partnership with ACS, Kentucky) Health Information Exchanges that have selected OptumInsight’s Axolotl HIE solutions. Today, the Axolotl HIE is connecting more than 40,000 physicians, 130,000 healthcare professionals, 350 hospitals, and 26 regional health information organizations (RHIOs) – including 5 Beacon Communities.

About Health Information Network of Arizona

Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz) is an Arizona not-for-profit that began through the work of Southern Arizona Health Information Exchange and Arizona Medical Information Exchange. These two entities joined together to build a more comprehensive HIE for Arizona. HINAz represents the work of a community of dedicated individuals and has become a collaborative effort of major healthcare entities – including health plans, hospitals, large group practices, business leadership, consumers and local administrations in Arizona.

About Axolotl, now OptumInsight

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 www.axolotl.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/axolotlcorp/.

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