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athenahealth Connects EHR to Clinical Registry

January 15, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
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athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based provider of a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system, is launching a health data exchange and reporting service to connect with clinical registries, teaming with CECity, a Homestead, Pa.-based provider of cloud-based services for performance improvement and value-based reporting.

The exchange and reporting service will allow providers using its EHR to connect the system to clinical registries from national medical specialty societies, one of the requirements for Stage 2 of meaningful use. According to athenahealth, the American College of Physicians (ACP) will be the first national medical organization to receive clinical data from its EHR, with CECity acting as the quality data gateway.

 "We believe data exchange should be a core service embedded in health information technology (HIT) to satisfy things like meaningful use, but more importantly to advance the delivery of high-quality, well-coordinated care. This partnership is an important differentiator for athenahealth; with CECity, we are establishing a key platform integration point that enables any provider using our athenaClinicals service to meet meaningful use specialized registry requirements with no additional effort and at no additional cost, so they can focus on their primary role of efficient, high-quality patient care delivery," Doran Robinson, vice president at athenahealth, said in a statement.

When connected to the ACP clinical registry, users will receive a view of their personal performance results compared to national benchmarks, benchmarks established by ACP, as well as peers, and a custom analysis of their measure gaps. It will also include assistance, linking opportunities to drive improvement and close performance gaps.

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