athenahealth Inc., a Watertown, Mass.-based provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, announced that it has closed on the purchase of property in Northport, Maine for $7.7 million. Known as "Point Lookout," the property sits in close proximity to athenahealth's operations center in Belfast, where there are currently more than 300 employees.
The Point Lookout facility will serve as the company's new client and employee training center, where athenahealth management will convene with existing and prospective large group and enterprise clients to counsel, train and facilitate the implementation of athenahealth's service offerings, and to support a new level of client collaboration as the Company continues to develop its cloud-based services. In addition, it will be used to convene providers to engage on critical issues affecting investments in healthcare information technology, such as Meaningful Use and health information exchange. The facility will also be used to host athenahealth employee education, training and development sessions.
The new facility enables athenahealth to capture a unique business opportunity by bringing provider groups and specialties together at a time when approximately one-third of athenahealth's new EHR clients have experienced stalled or failed legacy software EHR implementations with the vendors they selected prior to choosing to partner with athenahealth.