WATERTOWN, Mass., May 1, 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 Lahey Health has selected athenaClaritySM, a cloud-based analytics service that delivers actionable insight in both fee-for-service and risk-based payment environments. athenaClarity will be used to gain advanced insight into network-wide data across disparate information systems and in turn support Lahey Health's management of population health and changing payment models. Having been recently named a Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Lahey Health needed to transition to a data engagement model that would enable the health system to oversee and manage all of its clinical, financial and operational data. Lahey Health selected athenaClarity because of its unique ability to harmonize claims, administrative and clinical data across multiple vendors' systems—including competitive EHRs—and develop insight from that data. That insight can then guide actions that align with revenue and care outcome goals and will help Lahey Health succeed under any reimbursement scenario, today and in the future, including traditional fee-for-service, shared savings and global-risk models. "As a newly accepted ACO, we need a population health manager that can successfully combine data, across disparate systems and our current IT infrastructure, and give us a system-wide view. We also need to be able to continue to update the selected system with commercial payer data as we grow our network and add more providers," said Gregory Bazylewicz, M.D., president of Lahey Clinical Performance Network and ACO. "With athenaClarity, we have the real-time insight we need to better coordinate care across our network and the flexibility needed to make necessary adjustments, or add new provider groups, quickly and effectively. This helps strengthen our position as a fully integrated ACO and supports our work to deliver a high standard of patient care."
Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth, added, "With athenaClarity, we are responding to the fact that patient management and health care reimbursement is moving from an island-based scenario to an ocean-wide framework. Traditionally, a caregiver was the master of their island, keeping track of claims that go out the door and come back, as well as being responsible for how a patient moves about that island. Now, with Accountable Care and global budget contracts, caregivers are responsible for spending outside of their island. So, if you're accountable for that patient, wherever they go to receive care and whatever cost is associated with that care, it's increasingly critical to know about it and influence it; this is enabled by athenaClarity."For more information on athenaClarity and athenahealth's full suite of cloud-based services for physicians and hospitals, please visit our website, www.athenahealth.com, or follow along on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook. About athenahealth, Inc. athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for EHR, practice management, and care coordination. athenahealth's mission is to be caregivers' most trusted service, helping them do well doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200. About Lahey Health Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally-recognized, award-winning hospitals – including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals -- primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Lahey Health offers over a 1,000 locally-based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians. Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center -- a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine -- and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities. Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
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