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The athenista Resolutions for 2012

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

To mark our entry into 2012, we asked the growing roster of athenahealth blog contributors to come up with some resolutions, wishes and desires for the year ahead. Here is the result. Have a Happy New Year!

Allen L. Gee, MD, PhD, FAAN (athenahealth client)

I resolve to more fully understand and utilize my high-tech tools and gadgets (at least as well as my elementary school-age children) to further enhance my practice performance and share these insights with my colleagues.

Atif Aleemi, VP, Government Solutions

In 2012, I resolve to help the government understand the benefits of cloud-based services for health care. There is no longer a need to spend millions, wait for years, and then abandon the project because what was envisioned originally no longer meets the requirements. Government can unleash the power of the cloud by challenging industry to deliver services running on intelligent networks that are self-learning and constantly improving.

Dan Orenstein, SVP and General Counsel

I respect my attorney colleagues, but wow, can they focus on the negative sometimes. I resolve to help them see the positives in cloud-based services for health care, such as better data analysis, accuracy, security and economies of scale. I also resolve to think and engage in dialogue on how our health regulatory system can better accommodate and encourage innovation in health information exchange and care delivery.

Evan Grossman, VP, Product Strategy

For 2012, we resolve to continue to make electronic medical records a positive force for improved patient safety. We resolve to ensure our physicians are aware of and receive all of the Pay-for-Performance funds they’re entitled to. We resolve to stay on top of the emerging trends in risk-based reimbursement so that our clients can continue to focus on providing the best health care possible...

Jenn Marshall, Director of Transaction Services

Our resolution is to migrate all of our EDI transactions to 5010 as seamlessly and with the least amount of disruption as possible. We are committed to getting our providers over the finish line and have a team, nay, an army of people ready to spring into action as duty calls.

Lauren H. Fifield, Senior Policy Advisor

In 2012, I resolve to be a better consumer of HIT myself; to bring innovative, disruptive health care solutions to policy discussions in DC and beyond; and to represent our most forward-thinking, long-term, boldest visions for health care.

Ryan Champlin, VP for Operations, Cook Children’s Health Care System (athenahealth client)

2012 will be the year in which connected, transparent data begins to produce the improvements in health care that we all know can be achieved. These improvements will be through provider collaboration, not via external edict – and this collaboration is only possible through a cloud-based service. So my resolution in 2012 is to seize the opportunity to grow the universe of contributors to the shared endeavor that is athenahealth, because the cause is worthy!

Sheila Wiese, VP, Client Development

I resolve to help our client-facing teams of Account Managers and Client Support Center representatives stay on top of the emerging trends and new payment programs so they can help guide clients through the maze; I also resolve to advocate for changes in our products and services that will make the athenahealth experience more “beautiful” for our customers.   

Todd Haedrich, Director of Enrollment Services and Banking Operations

We resolve to continue to find opportunities to do more work for our clients, bring more transparency to the Pay-for-Performance landscape and simplify the complex processes required for our clients to receive the funds they are entitled to – helping providers get paid better and faster.

Jonathan Bush, CEO & President

I want so many things but life is about choices so I choose this:

I want every soul in the larger athenahealth community to feel connected! I want our growing network of doctors and staffers who support them to feel connected to each other. I want them to know how they are doing at something they care about as a result of that connection…and to make informed choices in their lives accordingly. I want our staff to feel connected to the good work of our clients. I want more of them to “know what it’s like out there” but also I want them to know numbers/metrics that matter to the caregivers we serve and I want them to WILL them in the right direction. I want them to not be able to help it. I want “playing for our team to win” to apply to our providers as much as it does to the colleagues at our shoulders.

Yep, I think that’s it.  If we get there, a market for what health care needs will start to emerge.

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