- Notable EHR vendor athenahealth recently announced the launch of an innovative way to bring vetted health IT solutions to providers and physician practices: an online marketplace that allows providers to shop for products that are proven to integrate into the athenahealth ecosystem. The first-of-its-kind project aims to be a one stop shop for healthcare organizations looking to invest wisely in new products that will streamline workflows and make the best use of stretched health IT budgets.
“Caregivers are faced with more burdens today than ever before, and it can be difficult to thrive. Too often, providers are spending time on the wrong types of work; this causes inefficiencies and negatively impacts quality and cost,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman of athenahealth. “Our marketplace is all about bringing the best HIT solutions to the forefront. Similar to what Amazon.com is for consumers, our platform, with the immense support of our Marketplace partners, will serve as a one-stop ‘shop’ for high-value HIT solutions.”
All of the solutions available in the marketplace have been pilot tested across care environments, allowing providers to select from categories such as clinical documentation support, contract management, scheduling products, PHR portals, patient surveys, and more. athenahealth will use its cloud-based system to collect metrics on the products as they’re used by healthcare organizations in order to help the company see which partners are providing real value to the industry.
“We are excited that athenahealth is giving providers’ choice and making it possible to select a clinical documentation solution based on their workflows and needs,” said Dana Heller, executive director, ICDS. “We hear from many doctors that their frustrations over the limitations of EHRs are making them choose to retire earlier rather than later; which may sound crazy but is true. A large part of why we are partnering with athenahealth is because they ask providers what they need to thrive. This opened the doors for us to work together and give providers more choice and flexibility in documenting care. It’s a huge step forward for the industry in making HIT work for today’s providers.”
“Teaming up with athenahealth and making our contract management and analysis solutions available to the nearly 40,000 providers on athenahealth’s network is a great opportunity,” added Dan Buell, general manager of Experian Healthcare. “We are dedicated to giving providers more visibility into their business operations so they can help ensure accurate reimbursement from third-party payers and make better financial decisions. We are excited to be a part of the Marketplace, because it reduces the time it takes to implement these solutions and get providers up and running.”