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Why You (Yes, You) Should Connect With Us at HIMSS14

by Michelle Mangino, Social Media Manager

Michelle Mangino,  Social Media ManagerI’m not going to try hiding my intentions with this post. I simply want to encourage you to connect with athenahealth while you’re at the annual HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) Conference in Orlando, FL at the end of this month. There are no other ways about it. But what I will do is share some concrete reasons why you will want to meet with us, tweet with us, and get connected at HIMSS.

An Innovative Approach to Coordinating Care Across the Continuum
A big focus of ours is helping health systems succeed in the evolving health care environment (payment reform, more consolidation, and mounting competition) by providing them with new ways to coordinate care and measure quality. The way we see it, regardless of your role, the surest signs of success are being able to identify and reach out to patients in need, steward them across care settings, and analyze your system’s clinical and financial information. With our integrated, cloud-based services of athenahealth, you can get there.

Want to see what I’m talking about? I invite you to meet with us at booth #3528 for a demo.

Interoperability Success Stories
It has been a busy year for the CommonWell Health Alliance and our fellow alliance members, as the organization makes strides in solving the industry’s long-standing interoperability issues. At HIMSS, we’re joined by one of our pilot sites at the CommonWell booth where they will share anecdotes on their experience up to this point. To learn about their successes first-hand, stop by during one of CommonWell’s pilot participant panel discussions at the booth, #1389:

  • Monday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2:00 p.m. ET

Lessons from the Front Line on Winning at Population Health
2013 saw a significant uptick in the number of payers and providers experimenting with risk-sharing. At an invitation-only HIMSS14 Lunch & Learn, Dana Safran, SVP of Performance Measurement & Improvement at Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, will share Alternative Quality Contract program results and lessons learned, and will offer advice to those now testing the waters of risk-based reimbursement. Dr. Michael Cantor, Chief Medical Officer of the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), an athenahealth client, will also join and share details on their success achieving the “Triple Aim”— better health and better care at lower cost.

For those not attending the event, I recommend you watch this short video that encapsulates how NEQCA has effectively managed their patient population:

And following the event, check out our Leadership Forum blog for a recap post.

Learn from Amazon
On Wednesday, February 26, our Chief Operating Officer, Ed Park, will share his views on what health care can learn from online retail giant, Amazon. Ed’s HIMSS presentation will show how health care can apply Amazon’s pioneering philosophies to activate big data at a national scale and to embrace collaboration in the face of competition. From Ed’s point-of-view, Amazon delivers an unrivalled service experience to consumers—and we should be able to deliver the same in health care. So mark your HIMSS14 agenda:

  • “What Healthcare Can Learn from Amazon,” Wednesday, February 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET in room 205A.

Social Media
And lastly, if you want to talk Twitter, Facebook, Google+, you name it, I’d love to connect! I’ll be at the athenahealth booth, #3528, or you can track me down on Twitter - @MichelleMangino.

We look forward to connecting with you all at HIMSS14. Safe travels!

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