Nebraska to Provide Secure Statewide Electronic Health Information Exchange

"Healthcare providers across Nebraska will be able to securely exchange information via this new Web-based platform."

by / July 9, 2008

The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), a statewide healthcare collaborative, has selected Axolotl of San Jose as the technology partner to deploy a Health Information Exchange (HIE) to improve healthcare quality and efficiency across Nebraska.

"We're pleased Axolotl's advanced healthcare technology will be part of our efforts to create a healthier Nebraska," said Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, a NeHII board member. "Healthcare providers across Nebraska will be able to securely exchange information via this new Web-based platform."

NeHII is a statewide health information organization (HIO) with board representation from physicians, hospitals, health plans and state government. Axolotl's Elysium product suite has been enabling successful healthcare collaboratives around the country since 1995.

"Security and functionality are key concerns in developing this communication tool and Axolotl offers the best solution. It combines multiple layers of security with an easy-to-use format that will help physicians and other users share information," added Sheehy.

"This company will be an important partner as Nebraska moves forward to promote increased adoption and use of information technology in healthcare," said NeHII President Harris A. Frankel, MD. The Omaha-based neurologist and NeHII board member said he believes "implementation of this Health Information Exchange will allow the aggregation of healthcare data at the point of care -- improving the efficiency and quality of care delivery, increasing patient safety by reducing the opportunity for medical errors, and helping to eliminate waste related to unnecessary/duplicative tests."

"With appropriate patient consent, physicians will be able to access patient demographics, medications, allergies, test results and more -- via a simple yet secure Internet connection -- increasing the likelihood of physicians like myself doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. While this technology offers great value to many stakeholders, ultimately it is our patients who will benefit most."

During the pilot phase, the Elysium Exchange will connect several Omaha hospitals, clinics, physician offices, radiology centers, reference labs and pharmacies. Once the pilot is complete, the HIE will be rolled out to healthcare entities across the state.