Driven mainly by physicians, a non-profit health plan, and acute-care facilities in the area that have contributed the initial $2.75 million in private funding, QHN chose Axolotl for its connectivity solution.
But that's not the case with QHN. "There are many EMRs that we interface with," Thompson says, noting that participating providers can also use Axolotls lite-version EMR, which does not include billing and scheduling, or opt for another vendor's "full-blown" EMR.
Elmhurst Health Connection Cards will be issued to about 10,000 patients of the Adult Primary Care service at Elmhurst Hospital during the next year, as the first phase of a pilot program, it is the first step in trying to share more patient information with physicians in the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., of which QHN is a member, so that smart cards become part of the organization's information infrastructure, according to Al Marino, QHN's CIO.
QHN has spent about $200,000 on the program since July 2002, and it hopes to get grant money to expand the program to areas such as Women's Health services.