Alexian Brothers Health System Selects athenahealth as Part of New Cloud-Based Clinical Platform to Further Improve Care Coordination

Medical Group leveraging athenaClinicals® and athenaCommunicator® to help improve delivery of patient care and enable easier participation in government incentive programs

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. & WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), patient communication, and care coordination services to medical groups, today announced that Alexian Brothers Health System, a diversified Catholic healthcare organization providing care in the Chicago area through the Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG), their employed provider network of 190 medical providers, has expanded its relationship with athenahealth by selecting the Company’s cloud-based EHR service, athenaClinicals®, and patient cycle management service, athenaCommunicator®, to help improve physician and patient care coordination.

The addition of athenaClinicals means ABMG now has a flexible EHR service that will work seamlessly with athenaCollector®, athenahealth’s cloud-based medical billing and practice management service, which the medical group has been utilizing to remove administrative headaches and streamline the billing process since 2003.

“As we replace our current clinical system, we believe leveraging a fully integrated system like athenahealth’s will put us in the best possible position to not only deliver superior patient care and more easily demonstrate Meaningful Use, but also to participate in other emerging pay-for-performance programs,” said Kimberly Zimmermann, Chief Operating Officer of Alexian Brothers Medical Group. “athenahealth’s understanding of how EHRs operate using the Internet allows us to be far more dynamic. Their commitment to being with us every step of the way, not just at implementation but each and every day beyond that, provides us the comfort of knowing we are set to achieve better care coordination and delivery to our patients.”

ABMG will also utilize athenaCommunicator to help better manage patient interactions initiated by practice staff or triggered by automated routines within athenaNet®, athenahealth’s cloud-based platform. The athenaCommunicator service will enable expanded accessibility for patients after hours and on weekends, streamlined patient payments, re-captured staff and physician time, reduced no-shows, and elimination of expensive paper-based mailing campaigns.

Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth said, “Working alongside Alexian for quite some time now, we’ve been able to showcase on the billing side how operating in the cloud vs. siloed software can dramatically improve a health system’s efficiency by allowing doctors to focus on patients, not the frustrations and challenges that come with the back office. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Alexian Brothers and to allow them to tap into the power of the Cloud for patient records and communication.”

In September 2011, athenahealth launched a new online dashboard to provide clear visibility into the performance of physicians on the athenahealth network against Meaningful Use criteria. Visitors to this regularly updated dashboard will gain valuable insight into how the thousands of providers currently participating in athenahealth’s Meaningful Use reimbursement program are progressing toward meeting all Medicare Meaningful Use measures. The dashboard sheds light on the measures presenting the greatest challenges to providers and their practices as they aim to successfully complete the attestation process and collect their incentive payments.

About Alexian Brothers Health System

The Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) is a diversified Catholic healthcare organization founded in 1866 and headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Governed by the 800-year-old Congregation of Alexian Brothers, ABHS oversees operations of acute and specialty care hospitals, physician services, and ambulatory care clinics in Illinois, as well as senior living facilities, rehabilitation services, and community-based programming for the elderly in Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, automated and live patient communication services, and the coordination of care among participants in the health care system. For more information, please visit or call (888) 652-8200.