Photo Release -- athenahealth Reports Steepest Rise in Flu Rates This Season;
Releases List of Top 10 Most Flu-Impacted States
athenahealth Leverages Its National Big Data Asset to Monitor and Report on
WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth,
Inc.(Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, today
announced data that shows the steepest rise in flu rates across the U.S. this
season, as well as detail on the top ten most flu-impacted states.
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athenahealth's flu statistics are derived from work conducted by
athenaResearch, the company's research and disease surveillance team.
athenaResearch has been monitoring and reporting on flu rates and other
population health information from across the company's national health care
big data asset since the government shutdown in October 2013.
"In general, flu findings since Thanksgiving have been steadily increasing.
Last week, however, we witnessed a sharp uptick in the number of flu-related
patient visits to primary care providers across the U.S.," said Josh Gray,
vice president of athenaResearch at athenahealth. "With the holiday season in
full swing, the flu has hit a tipping point. It's spreading especially quickly
across southern and Gulf Coast states, but Colorado, the Pacific Coast, and
New England may also be vulnerable."
Based on data from more than 16,000 primary care providers (PCPs) who use
athenaClinicals^®, athenahealth's award-winning EHR, and treat over 30 million
patients per year across the U.S., athenahealth has identified the following
top ten most flu-impacted states, which have the highest proportion of patient
visits where flu was diagnosed by the provider, ranked in order of highest flu
In addition to the states above, four states (Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, and
Utah) had greater than 0.9% flu rates but were excluded due to an insufficient
number of visits. A full report on athenaResearch's flu findings and ongoing
monitoring can be found on the athenahealth CloudView Blog at:
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.
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