Trinity Health selects athenahealth to advance people-centered care

Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems, and athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based services and mobile applications for medical groups and health systems, announced that they will work together to advance clinical integration and people-centered care in the health system’s multi-state ambulatory network.

Trinity Health will begin implementing athenaOne — the collection of athenahealth’s cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and patient engagement services — in some of its physician network offices as early as July 2015. These sites will also leverage athenaCoordinator, a care coordination service, to unite care teams whether they are employed by or affiliated with the system. The efforts will enable Trinity Health to gain new perspectives on clinical and operational performance — information that is particularly valuable as Trinity Healthcontinues to become a People-Centered Health System and accelerate the establishment of value-based payment agreements in each of its markets.

“Trinity Health is committed to redesigning health care delivery from an illness- and hospital-centered approach to a people-centered approach,” said Barbara A. Walters, DO, Executive Vice President, Chief Population Health Officer, Trinity Health. “That means delivering better health, better care and lower cost in the communities we serve. Integrating Trinity Health providers on a single-instance, cloud-based platform will provide us with expansive network insight to monitor our performance in pursuit of cost-effective, high-quality care marked by efficiency and clinical integrity, and support us in providing comprehensive individual care for our patients, wherever they are when they need us.”

Trinity Health’s commitment to value and new models of care is demonstrated through many other initiatives as well. Trinity Health is a member of the Health Care Transformation Task Force and has committed that 75 percent of its business will be engaged in value-based agreements by 2020. Many of the system’s partnerships, including its Trinity Health Partners venture with the Heritage Provider Network, will engage in full-risk capitated contracts and focus on population health management and other related efforts. Additionally, Trinity Health has 27 ACOs in 21 markets and 47 of its facilities have bundled payment care improvement programs.

“athenahealth is proud to partner with a leading health system that proves it’s possible to disrupt health care from the inside,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO, athenahealth. “Trinity Health is modeling the future of care: coordinated, evidence-based, and centered on the patient, no matter where he or she seeks it. Trinity Health’s evaluation of the cloud is demonstrative of the organization’s transformative thinking. We share a focus on outcomes and restoring humanity to health care.”

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