Athenahealth to build inpatient EHR with University of Toledo Medical Center

The new service, athenaClinicals for Hospitals & Health Systems, will be an extension of the company’s existing EHR, athenaClinicals.
By Bernie Monegain
01:26 PM

Cloud-based health IT company athenahealth is poised to build an inpatient electronic medical record. The vendor will work with University of Toledo Medical Center to develop an EHR for doctors who work both in a physician practice and in a hospital.

The University of Toledo Physician Group has been an athenahealth client since 2014.

Development will focus heavily on creating a seamless physician and nurse user experience for the academic medical center, according to athenahealth officials. Research will focus on acute-care workflows to identify areas for operational improvement and then design and build service capabilities to support these workflows.

The new service, athenaClinicals for Hospitals & Health Systems, will be an extension of the company’s existing EHR, athenaClinicals, ranked Best in KLAS for ambulatory care.

In the ambulatory space, athenahealth serves more than 60,000 healthcare providers.

“Athenahealth and the University of Toledo both believe that healthcare delivery must transform to improve value for patients while providing a first-class provider experience,” Bush said in a press statement, noting that the company aims to "build a disruptive alternative to legacy health IT solutions that supports healthcare providers along the entire continuum of care."

Athenahealth first announced its intent to enter the acute care market in January 201, when it  acquired RazorInsights and webOMR.

Bush told Healthcare IT News then that athenahealth planned to leverage RazorInsights' inpatient expertise and technology to extend its presence into the 50-bed-and-under inpatient care environment, which accounts for approximately one-third of the U.S. hospital market.

In today’s announcement, however, Bush said the service would be targeted at hospitals of all sizes and complexities.

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