Axial Exchange’s clinical alerts system

We’re checking up with Axial Exchange, an open source health care software provider, nearly one year after CEO Joanne Rohde demonstrated its flagship product, Axial Alerts, at our annual Health 2.0 Conference. The alert system is designed to bridge the gap between hospitals and physicians who provide patients with post-discharge care. The service is particularly aimed at helping emergency rooms better communicate with patients’ primary care physicians by offering them real time information from the ER. The browser-based program notifies doctors when one of their patients enters the ER, and clinical updates follow as they are available. A remote physician can learn of a patient’s diagnosis, the patient’s treatments and whether the patient has been admitted to the hospital. After the event, information is forwarded to the practice in a summary that can be viewed on the web or on a mobile device. Axial hopes the service will drive down health care costs by decreasing the number of patients who are readmitted to hospitals and by automating a process that is currently done manually.

The service isn’t just for emergency situations; it can be applied to all patients as they move across care settings. The goal is to deliver a patient’s critical health information to the right providers at the time it’s needed. With improved communication and continuity of care, patients are likely to see better outcomes. Rohde said there are personal reasons behind her founding of the company. She, her husband and her mother all suffered from an undiagnosed acute or chronic illness for years, and they sought different doctors at several hospitals. “I am convinced that if all the doctors had all the same information, the diagnoses would have come more quickly,” Rohde said on Axial’s website.

The company, which started in 2009, was born from a strong IT background, as Rohde is the former COO and director of Health IT strategy at Red Hat. Axial has pledged to keep its offerings opened sourced, making the software relatively low-cost. Also, since the platform is standards-based, users can apply it to a variety of clinical exchange applications, which can improve the flow of health data. In addition to Axial Alerts, the company has developed an open source interface engine called Axial 360, which promotes interoperability among incongruent health IT systems. Axial 360 aims to break through the barriers of competing standards and legacy systems to unlock health data.

As Health 2.0 mentioned, Axial Exchange announced it had raised more than $1 million in its first round of venture capital funding in February. The company plans to put the money toward marketing its products and improving the software’s user interface. Rohde says there is a strong pipeline of customers ready to start implementing Axial’s systems. Axial will be both at Health 2.0 and at DC to VC this September

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