athenahealth, Inc. (Watertown, Mass.) has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent titled “Automated Configuration of Medical Practice Management Systems” related to its automated Self-Service Implementation (SSI) capability. The company’s SSI technology allows virtual implementation of athenaCollector, athenahealth’s medical billing and revenue cycle management service, giving a practice the ability to quickly and efficiently configure the service for its own individual needs.
athenahealth’s SSI technology involves receiving information about the medical practice prior to the configuration of the medical practice management system, associating that information with payer rules stored in a database, and requesting additional information for configuration of the medical practice management system to ensure that claims transmitted through the system meet payer requirements.
To date, athenahealth has implemented its web-based services at over 1,000 medical practices leveraging its SSI technology and is currently developing an SSI capability for its electronic health record service, athenaClinicals.