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Bringing Action to Your Network Data: Introducing athenaClarity

by Todd Rothenhaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Just last week, athenahealth announced the launch of the newest member of our suite of EHR, practice management and care coordination solutions, athenaClarity. This comprehensive cloud-based service helps our clients manage their network of physicians and populations of patients, and we’re thrilled to offer it.

What does it bring to the health IT landscape? Well, in case you hadn’t heard, the health care industry is changing rapidly, and part of that change involves the movement toward new payment models. Provider organizations everywhere are downing the "blue pill," going with the option to take on responsibility for the total cost and quality of the population of patients under their care.

If you're a provider, health care leader or network executive, you’re probably thinking: How in the world am I going to do this? Well, to do this profitably, you’ll need help (unless you’re Superman). You’ll need help wading through and mashing up the myriad data from your administrative and practice management sources, EHR and clinical systems, and payers, and then turning it into information. Even when you get that done, it's still not enough. You're still not there. You’ll need a way to turn this information into insight—the kind of insight you can act upon, to deliver real results to your organization. Without this critical last step, all you have is, well, data.

athenaClarity was built to be the trusted service to help you through this entire process. In short, the athenaClarity turns data into actionable insight, designed to drive quality and efficiency directly at the point of care.

Now, in case you’re wondering, it’s pretty doubtful that the fee-for-service structure is going away. The single claim will live on as the fundamental unit of utilization and, if history can teach us anything, it's that health care reimbursement is cyclical and unpredictable. That’s why athenaClarity was built to help you succeed under any payment model, no matter your reimbursement environment. Our analytics services help you measure performance within practice, geography or specialty, and our action-focused services enable your providers to understand their individual performance and what they'll need to do to improve. We certainly believe that, as you contemplate risk, there is no better time to get better control over your traditional revenue cycle.

So, to recap: athenaClarity turns data into insight that you can act on right at the point of care, natively in the provider workflow. We're ready for risk. And we want you to be, too.

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