WATERTOWN, Mass., Aug. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record ( EHR), practice management, and care coordination, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a leading non-profit organization supporting primary care, to deliver unmatched technology and consulting services to primary care providers (PCPs) in underserved communities. The partnership will help practices optimize performance and improve processes, as well as alleviate administrative burdens through the use of cloud-based services and information technology (IT), so PCPs can focus on providing high-quality care to patients.
Founded in 1993, PCDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding and transforming primary care in at-risk communities to improve health outcomes, lower health costs, and reduce disparities in the availability and quality of care. Their programs are three-pronged: capital investment; performance improvement, which includes consulting, training, and services that help practices deliver a patient-centered model of care; and policy and advocacy. To date, PCDC has helped more than 900 organizations serving more than seven million patients.
athenahealth and PCDC will kick off the partnership with a series of educational presentations across the country on the best HIT strategies for improving primary care. These seminars will highlight athenahealth's proven success meeting providers' HIT needs and PCDC's ability to support providers' efforts to develop patient-centered models of care.Dr. John Rugge, founder, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, said: "As a member of PCDC's board of directors, and a long-time athenahealth client, I'm excited to see these two organizations commit together to drive the success of primary care practices across the country. I know too well the challenges primary care providers face, despite an earnest mission to deliver the best care to the neediest patients. Back in 2008, our community health center was struggling to pay bills and keep doctors. Fortunately, after adopting athenahealth's EHR and practice management services, we were able to see more patients more efficiently, improve our bottom line and operations, and successfully achieve Patient Centered Medical Home status. As for PCDC, this is an organization that is well recognized for working tirelessly to transform these centers from struggling practices in underserved communities to high-performing medical groups. It's great to hear that more community health centers stand to benefit from the combined knowledge of these two organizations."