Jonathan Bush, Live from TEDMED: Health Care is Broken; Find the Frontiers
athenahealth CEO to speak April 17 at annual event in D.C.; Bush to address
why the current profit motives in health care are failing patients and driving
up cost, and offer a prescription for change
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- April 10, 2013
Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth, Inc.(NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading
provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice
management and care coordination, heads to TEDMED in Washington, D.C. next
week to deliver a talk to the 1,800 leaders and thinkers in attendance about
broken profit motives in health care, how innovation and change has been
stunted, and to explore the prescription for tackling new frontiers.
In his presentation, Bush will share his belief that too many good people are
doing bad things in health care today and making a profit in opposition to the
market – patients – they serve. What’s needed, Bush asserts, is an open market
for health care that will incent the “crazy ones” to bring their best ideas to
health care and innovate in an industry that is still playing catch up with
every other sector.
Bush said: “We are all about openness, connectivity and freeing information at
athenahealth, and it is because of this coupled with my own personal
experiences that I feel so passionate about discussing the lack of markets in
health care. My plea to the TEDMED community is to create healthy competition
in health care so that patients and providers have choice and can shop. By
being able to shop, we not only join the rest of the 21^st century, but we
drive down costs and incent innovators to make health care work as it should.
Health care as it exists today is not a reflection of our humanity and it
needs to change.”
TEDMED is a unique, multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders who
share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine.
Once a year at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., TEDMED curates an
unusual and provocative program, that, over the course of 3 1/2 days, features
brilliant short talks and artistic performances that celebrate the power of
unexpected connections and facilitates a conversation about how to get to a
future in health care we all want.
Those interested in more information about TEDMED, including this year’s
speakers’ list, please visit www.TEDMED.com.
For more information on athenahealth and our stake in creating an open market
for health care, as well as our vision to be the health information backbone
that makes health care work as it should, please visit www.athenahealth.com or
follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About athenahealth, Inc.
athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for EHR, practice
management, and care coordination. athenahealth’s mission is to be caregivers’
most trusted service, helping them do well doing the right thing. For more
information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.
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