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INDUSTRY WATCH Ingenix and Axolotl combine ACQUISITION

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., and SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 16 — Ingenix, a

health information technology and services company, is acquiring Axolotl, a provider of health information exchange (HIE) services. The combined company aims to enable health information to be shared ef- fectively and securely for the benefi t of patients and healthcare professionals. The Axolotl management team will remain in place and will lead Ingenix’s ef- forts in healthcare community connectivity. HIEs are a critical component of realizing the promise of healthcare modernization and reform. Currently, exchanging health records, data and in- formation is often paper based and lags behind the 21st-century technologies routinely used in other industries. HIEs allow health information and clini- cal expertise to be shared as directed by patients in a secure environment among physicians, hospitals, labs and radiology centers at the local, regional and state

level. HIEs also enhance clinical decision making to en- able more effective and effi cient care for patients. Ingenix currently provides health information technology and consulting solutions to over 240,000 physicians and nearly 6,000 hospitals. Ingenix also serves multiple state and federal government agen- cies and healthcare payers with solutions, including decision support, care management, data warehousing and revenue cycle management, and with consulting on health and human services policy and program implementation. Ingenix and Axolotl both offer solutions that are interoperable with multiple health information solu- tions. Axolotl’s Elysium Exchange solutions are used by nearly 30,000 physicians, 100,000 healthcare professionals, more than 200 hospitals, 20 regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and four statewide HIEs – comprising more than 35 million patients.

EVENTS September

82nd AHIMA Convention and Exhibit, Sept. 25-30, Orlando, Fla. AHIMA’s Convention and Exhibit offers education and networking opportunities to a wide spectrum of professionals, from entry-level to middle and senior management, plus those involved in areas such as information systems. This year, AHIMA invites attendees to “Prosper

through Change.” Join peers for a week at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center focused on the global transformation happening in HIM. Learn best practices from esteemed speakers, get new ideas, discuss the hottest HIM topics and brainstorm with cohorts. Highlights include: clinical coding community meeting; educational tracks covering compliance, EHR, privacy, security, revenue cycle and data management; general sessions; and pre- and post- convention workshops.


Handbook guides CEOs through meaningful use, HITECH Act

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently released a special joint publication addressing the HITECH Act and meaningful-use implementation exclusively for hospital CEOs. The free, 22-page handbook, “Health Care Leader Action Guide on Implementation of Electronic Health Records,” provides a readable, actionable, step-by-step guide designed to assist CEOs and other C-suite executives in the EHR implementation process. The publication is downloadable in pdf format from “This is a critical time for CEOs and their fellow

C-Suite executives to learn all they can about how to maximize their organization’s success in this unprecedented new environment,” says Rich Correll, CHIME president and CEO.


September 2010


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