News Feature | September 17, 2014

Health Network Implements Cloud-Based Services To Advance Connectivity

By Wendy Grafius, contributing writer

Cloud-Based Services For Healthcare Connectivity

University of Toledo Physicians Network expects to drive efficiency and enhance population health management with electronic health record implementation.

The University of Toledo Physicians Network (UTP), part of the University of Toledo Medical Center, has selected athenaOne suite, including electronic health record (EHR), revenue cycle management, and patient engagement services. The implementation is expected to advance connectivity, drive efficiency, and support population health initiatives for the 260-provider network.

The cloud-based solution from athenahealth is currently being used by more than 55,000 healthcare providers in the U.S. "We are thrilled to partner with athenahealth and move our network to the cloud," said Bryan Pyles, executive director of UTP. "athenahealth's suite of services offers our providers the ease of use they demand, with the complex reporting capabilities they need to fulfill value-based reimbursement contracts. As we continue to seek out ways to streamline workflows and improve the patient-provider experience, we are confident that athenahealth is the right partner to advance our vision for the future and support our population health goals.”

Additionally, the athenaOne solution is expected to help UTP as a participant in a Medicare Shared Savings program with the Toledo Clinic, the area’s largest independent medical group. The suite has proven successful at almost 40 other medical practices with similar programs.

"UTP recognizes that in todays evolving healthcare environment, it is critical to control the 'controllables' and leverage disruptive technology to achieve better outcomes," said Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO of athenahealth. "UTP is an excellent partner in the academic medical center space, and we believe the connectivity, clinical and reporting transparency, and service-backed approach that athenahealth offers will enable them to continue to thrive through change. We look forward to supporting UTP's mission-driven work and driving efficiencies that improve the care experience for both patients and providers."

Northwest Ohio’s only teaching hospital, the University of Toledo Medical Center is composed of three facilities with a total of 320 beds on the same campus. The University Medical Center offers specialty care in cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, cancer, surgery, and kidney transplantation. The Coughlin Rehabilitation Hospital focuses on brain injury rehabilitation and spinal cord care. The Kobacker Center provides psychiatric care for children and teens. With about 2000 students enrolled each year, the University of Toledo Medical Center is a level one trauma center, certified stroke center, and ranked as the region’s best hospital in 2012 in U.S. News & World Report.

SOURCE: Globe Newswire