Athenahealth Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said they have formed an alliance to launch an electronic health solution designed to improve the connectivity and communication between hospitals, doctors, and patients, and Steward Health Care System in Massachusetts will be one of the early adopters of the connected solution.
Headquartered in Watertown, athenahealth is a Web-based provider of electronic health services to medical groups. In its strategic alliance with technology giant Microsoft, athenahealth said the new offering will connect athenahealth's cloud-based services with Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform.
Steward is the new owner of six Catholic hospitals in eastern Massachusetts, including St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Carney Hospital in Boston.
The press release from Microsoft and athenahealth included a statement from Steward Health Care System chief executive and president Ralph de la Torre.
"Athenahealth and Microsoft are bridging the information gap and providing clinicians the ability to access patient information from anywhere, regardless of its origination," de la Torre said. "This will improve our ability to drive efficiencies, improve quality and deliver truly coordinated care. Their shared solution opens the door for a vendor-based solution to care coordination and management, and allows organizations to set their sights on accountable care designation, pay-for-performance programs or global payment methodology. This new solution will allow our organization to execute on new programs like our Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts."