Federally designated Regional Extension Center spanning Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to utilize athenahealth’s web-based electronic health record service to grow adoption of healthcare technology
CINCINNATI & WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that the Tri-State Regional Extension Center, operated by HealthBridge, has selected athenahealth as a supported EHR solution partner to enable more than 1,700 physicians across the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to take advantage of the benefits that athenahealth’s technology can bring to their practices. athenahealth has also launched a guarantee program that assures its services will help doctors across the Tri-State region meet EHR certification requirements for Meaningful Use and qualify for reimbursement funds authorized by the HITECH Act.
“The Tri-State REC evaluated nearly 30 proposals and is pleased to begin a strong collaborative relationship with athena to accelerate EHR adoption in both rural and urban communities served by our REC,” said David Groves, Executive Director, Tri-State Regional Extension Center. “The athenaNet service offers a unique business model for medical practices and the depth and breadth of EHR features that we feel will be frequently sought by physicians striving to achieve meaningful use.”
The most recent version of athenahealth’s EHR, athenaClinicals®, is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the ARRA.
athenahealth recently extended the timeframe in which doctors can qualify for its federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program, which assures that the company’s web-based clinical services will help doctors across the nation meet EHR certification requirements for achieving “Meaningful Use” and thereby qualify for reimbursement funds authorized by the HITECH Act. HHS formally announced the final definition of Meaningful Use on July 13, 2010. With this deadline extension, physicians will now have until June 30, 2011, to participate in the program. Please visit www.athenahealth.com/bonus to learn more about athenahealth's EHR and federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program.
“We are excited to partner with HealthBridge and the Tri-State REC as they help to digitize medical offices across three states and allow providers to take part in the approaching HITECH Act. RECs—the Tri-State REC being a prime example—are increasingly looking to athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR service as a more practical way to help physician practices improve healthcare, exchange clinical information, and more easily keep pace with government incentive programs and regulations,” said Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth.
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Since its founding in 1997 as a non-profit community-based organization, HealthBridge has grown to become one of the largest, most advanced and financially successful health information exchange organizations in the United States. Each month roughly 3 million clinical lab tests, radiology reports, discharge summaries and other health information are transmitted electronically to more than 5,500 authorized physicians through HealthBridge’s secure technology network, more than nearly any other collaborative health information organization in the country.
Dedicated to helping providers and communities achieve meaningful use of health information technology, HealthBridge also operates the Tri-State Regional Extension Center and the Collaborating Communities Network of health information exchange organizations. HealthBridge has been recognized in many publications for its innovative practices including the Wall Street Journal, the eHealth Initiative Annual HIE Survey, HIMSS, Health Leaders magazine and many others.
For more information, please visit www.healthbridge.org.
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.
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