Anthelio, MedQuist push for improved hospital IT efficiency

Anthelio, which provides business outsourcing and health IT support services to hospitals and physician groups, has formed a strategic partnership with MedQuist, a supplier of "integrated clinical documentation solutions" to healthcare providers.

MedQuist currently serves 11 hospitals that also are Anthelio customers. Under the new agreement, MedQuist will provide clinical documentation services to an additional 13 Anthelio facilities. MedQuist's solutions will be available to the entire Anthelio customer base.

In addition, MedQuist will incorporate into its sales portfolio all of Anthelio's revenue cycle management and IT solutions, including ICD-10 transition services, A/R management, business office management and patient access solutions.

While the partnership focuses largely on co-marketing the two companies' products, Anthelio and MedQuist also plan to combine some services. According to the announcement, MedQuist will make its speech recognition and natural language understanding solutions available to Anthelio clients to help them adopt their electronic health records more rapidly. Also, Anthelio may use MedQuist's computer-assisted-coding product and computer-assisted-abstracting technology in its customers' transition to the ICD-10 diagnostic code set.

MedQuist offers not only traditional transcription services, but also voice recognition software that enables users to insert dictated text into EHRs. In addition, it has natural language processing programs that accelerate coding and chart abstraction.

According to the press release, MedQuist's customers include 2,400 hospitals and clinics, 850 physician practices and 165,000 physician users.

Anthelio calls itself "the largest independent provider of information technology and business process services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare providers." Among its offerings are IT applications and EHR implementation services, IT infrastructure management services, revenue cycle management services, clinical informatics and process consulting services, and shared support services. 

To learn more:
- read the press release
- visit the Anthelio website
- check out this MedQuist white paper (.pdf)

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