HIMSS13: athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code of Conduct’

  HIMSS13: athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code of Conduct’

         Code Lays Out Five Basic Principles to Move Industry Forward

HIMSS13

Business Wire

WATERTOWN, Mass. & NEW ORLEANS -- March 4, 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 proposed a Health
Information Technology (HIT) ‘Code of Conduct’ that calls upon the health
information industry, particularly electronic health record (EHR) vendors, to
abide by five principles related to data portability, patient safety, provider
freedom of choice, and Meaningful Use.

The HIT Code of Conduct responds to recent statements by National Coordinator
for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, who has challenged the industry (HIT
vendors) to “step up” and agree to a Code of Conduct that sets forth
principles to protect patients, guard against fraud, and empower HIT to
finally realize its potential to revolutionize health care. Motivated by the
challenge, athenahealth has outlined a framework that its peer vendors can
sign on to, and other industry stakeholders can sign up in support of, and
today launched an online portal to gather online “signatures.” The five
principles HIT vendors are being challenged to adhere to are:

  *Empower Data Portability and Provider Choice
  *Build a True Nationwide Information Backbone
  *Protect Patients
  *Prevent Fraud
  *Drive Meaningful Use

“The HIT Code of Conduct is a call to the industry to abide by a uniform set
of high standards that providers should expect and demand as they invest in
technology and services as a means to improve care delivery,” said Jonathan
Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth. “These are things we’ve committed to
do for our clients—things that we believe our industry must do if HIT is going
to join the 21st century and finally realize its potential to transform
healthcare.”

“These are simple propositions that we think can have a significant impact—if
we get broad buy-in from our peer companies and the providers we all serve,”
said Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs, athenahealth.

Added Haley, “The principles in the Code squarely address some of the central
policy issues facing the HIT industry, providing not only a push to move the
industry forward, but also a strong signal to our providers and to government
that our industry understands its responsibility to proactively address those
issues.”

HIT vendors, industry stakeholders, and policymakers interested in reviewing
the full Code of Conduct are encouraged to visit it here:
http://www.athenahealth.com/codeofconduct, where vendors can sign on to the
Code in full, or just to the provisions that apply to their businesses, and
other stakeholders can sign on to publicly show their support.

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.

Contact:

athenahealth, Inc. (Media)
Holly Spring, 617-402-1631
hspring@athenahealth.com
or
athenahealth, Inc. (Govt. Relations)
Dan Haley, 617-402-8746
dhaley@athenahealth.com
or
athenahealth, Inc. (Investors)
Dana Quattrochi, 617-402-1329
investorrelations@athenahealth.com