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NY Times Bits Blog on athenahealth: a “Web-based insurgent”

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

Last week, CEO Jonathan Bush sat down with reporter Steve Lohr of The New York Times for a cup of coffee during a break in the action at the Innovation 2010 event in Dana Point, Calif. Jonathan offered his view that federal HITECH Act payments for “meaningful use” of electronic medical records will help perpetuate obsolete solutions rather than spur innovation. 

From the article:

His argument is that the government incentive program, which begins next year, will, given its size and complexity, serve to subsidize traditional health software, which resides on the hard drives of personal computers and servers.

The big, old-line vendors like General Electric, Allscripts and Cerner, he contends, stand to gain more than the Web-based insurgents, like Athenahealth and others.

 “Established technology is being given a federally funded new lease on life,” Mr. Bush said. “Traditional health software now is on Medicare, being kept alive like grandma.”

 Read the rest of Lohr’s piece here and more HIT pieces by Lohr here, here and here.

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