Lowell General PHO Selects athenahealth for Better Health Care Data Management

  Lowell General PHO Selects athenahealth for Better Health Care Data

     Cloud-based service, HDS, increases visibility into provider network
   performance; optimizes business and financial processes in-line with ACO

Business Wire

WATERTOWN & LOWELL, Mass. -- January 22, 2013

athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based
electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination
services to medical groups and health systems, today announced that Lowell
General Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) has selected HDS, athenahealth’s
cloud-based health care data management service, for greater visibility into
provider network performance and alignment with the Accountable Care
Organization (ACO) model. HDS is the newest cloud-based service to join
athenaNet^®, following the acquisition of Healthcare Data Services (HDS) in

Having been recently named as a Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Lowell General
PHO needed to transition from its internal data management process to a data
engagement model that would enable the physician hospital organization to
oversee patient, provider, and financial information simultaneously. Lowell
General PHO selected HDS because of its unique ability to combine claims,
administrative, and clinical data into a single source view and deploy that
data across its provider network, enabling the organization to monitor and
optimize overall performance more efficiently and effectively.

In addition, Lowell General PHO was attracted to tools within HDS that help
organizations succeed under value-based payments, including shared savings and
bundled payment models. These tools will help maximize care outcomes against
quality goals to help Lowell General PHO become a more clinically integrated

“The entire industry is moving towards pay-for-performance initiatives, and we
are expanding our previous commercial efforts to include the Medicare
population,” said Geraldine Vaughan, Executive Director, Lowell General PHO.
“Our goal is to exceed national quality of care standards, which will require
us to embrace a comprehensive monitoring and reporting service. HDS will help
us have better insight into how our physicians are meeting these standards,
and allow us to make adjustments in real-time as needed. Partnering with
athenahealth helps to ensure and strengthen our path to becoming a fully
integrated ACO.”

Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO, athenahealth, added “The whole point of the
HDS acquisition was to ensure that providers, such as Lowell General PHO, get
the highest-value, population-based cost and quality data analysis and
reporting capabilities available. The Medicare Shared Savings ACO plan is just
one example of many different risk-based payment models. As these payment
models continue to grow, so too will the number of organizations that need a
service like HDS to help them meet the tall order of aligning care
coordination with patient population needs, and get paid for it.”

For more information on athenahealth, and our full suite of cloud-based
services for physicians and hospitals, please visit our website,
www.athenahealth.com, or follow along on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS
electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination
services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be
the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing
the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or
call 888-652-8200.

About Lowell General PHO

The Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) is a non-profit
organization comprised of approximately 280 member physicians and our hospital
partner, Lowell General Hospital. The PHO was established in 1995 with the
goal of developing a local, integrated delivery system providing outstanding
quality care to patients in the Greater Lowell area.


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