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.
This is PCDC's first partnership with a health care technology vendor to deliver expanded services to primary care practices. Together, these two organizations are dedicated to supporting health care's highest priority—the expansion of strong patient-centered primary care that will lower costs and improve health outcomes for families and communities. The benefits to community health centers include:
- Access to leading technology services: athenahealth offers cloud-based services for EHR, practice management, care coordination, patient communications, financial and population health analytics, and more. athenahealth currently has 43,000 providers on its national network. athenahealth leads the industry in successful Meaningful Use attestation on behalf of its clients and has won Best in KLAS awards for its EHR and practice management solutions, as well as KLAS designation for the most usable EHR.
- Practice transformation and certification: PCDC and athenahealth have extensive experience helping primary care practices undertake the challenges of becoming a true patient-centered medical home, and achieve the recognition to qualify for financial incentives.
- Help with cumbersome reporting: With regulation comes heavy reporting requirements; athenahealth can advise on and deliver the technology resources needed to help report on quality outcomes and clinical measures, helping community health centers to save precious time and money and allowing them to see more patients and be more efficient.
Peter Cucchiara, Managing Director of PCDC Performance Improvement added: "It is critically important that health centers and other primary care practices have electronic health records and health information technology systems—and that these tools are used to improve both health center business operations and patient care. PCDC is delighted to partner with athenahealth, which has a proven track record working with community health centers to help transform them from fledgling institutions to well-run, profitable organizations. We're looking forward to working closely with athenahealth to provide expanded services to primary care providers that help them meet their goals and, ultimately, better serve those patient populations who need great care."For more information on athenahealth's full suite of cloud-based services for primary care, please visit our website, www.athenahealth.com, or follow along on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook. For more information on PCDC's capital investment & performance improvement services and to learn more about its policy initiatives, visit PCDC's website, www.pcdc.org, or follow along on 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 Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) Founded in 1993, PCDC is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding and transforming primary care in underserved communities to improve health outcomes, lower health costs and reduce disparities through capital investment, performance improvement services, and policy and advocacy. For more information please visit www.pcdc.org or call 212-437-3900.
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