Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) awards Maryland’s Statewide Health Information Exchange on proposal from local firm.

 Baltimore City, Maryland – April 30, 2010

The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) has announced that the proposal from the team of PD Inc (MD), Axolotl - prime contractor (CA), SRA (VA) and Dell/Perot Systems (TX) has won the competition for the development of a Maryland, statewide health information exchange (HIE), funded by the State of Maryland.

PD Inc. is the training & IT services collaborator and co-authored the winning proposal with the prime and other team members. PD Inc was asked to present our capabilities to ensure a successful implementation of a consumer-centric private and secure health information exchange. Our team efforts have enabled CRISP to select our team’s proposal over those of other semifinalists such as the Microsoft – HealthUnity team, and Vangent.

PD Inc.’s knowledge and experience allowed us to emphasize the need to assist of physicians in private practice, as well as their nurses and administrative personnel, in migrating from paper medical records to digitized data, and then to an electronic health record (EHR) that would be interoperable with systems maintained by area pharmacies and pathology laboratories. 

In addition to stressing the importance of building an EHR, PD Inc. depicted a program through which clinical and administrative personnel would be trained to utilize such a system.  The application of PD Inc’s expertise on use of an enterprise system would enable physicians to utilize an EHR, to obtain information on a given patient’s allergies, view his / her medication history, and immunization record, as well as order prescriptions and tests. 

PD Inc.’s demonstrated abilities and Maryland presence are important in view of the need to offer HIE – EHR network utilization training to area care providers. Additionally, medical practice principals must build and demonstrate “meaningful use” of an EHR system in Maryland by 2014.  This is a critical requirement that will have to be met in order for a practitioner to continue receiving his or her Medicare reimbursement payments.


CRISP is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safer, more timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, patient-centered health care to all Marylanders through health information technology. With support from a broad coalition of stakeholders in the state's government, healthcare and technology sectors, CRISP is currently implementing the statewide health information exchange. CRISP is funded through the state's unique all-payer rate setting system and through federal investment.

About Axolotl Corp
Founded in 1995, Axolotl Corp. is North America's leading provider of browser-based products and services for secure health information exchange and management. Its Elysium® Exchange suite of solutions enables health care providers to instantly share information, reduce costs, and improve quality and efficiency. Axolotl is based in San Jose and best known for introducing Clinical Messaging®, now at the heart of all advanced health information exchange.

About PD Inc
PD Inc. is a Baltimore, Maryland based HUBZone small business: a solutions provider and applied think tank. It provides a wide range of services in software development, enterprise architectural design, information security & assurance, and system integration. PD Inc. provides leading-edge solutions through our applied think tank research and development (R&D) activities. 

PD Inc. also has considerable expertise in building systems featuring a sound authentication and access control regime, in addition to the capacity to produce, modify, store and retrieve data / information that can be securely shared and exchanged among stakeholders within a trusted federation. In the past decade PD Inc designed and created electronic medical record systems for the transmission, storage / archiving and retrieval of radiologic images and other health data. The company eventually sold the rights to their concept to a major health care system in Taiwan. 

Ning Li, PD Inc, 443-269-1555 x318, press@pdinc.us


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