athenahealth and CECity Launch First-of-Its-Kind Health Data Exchange Gateway to Advance Interoperability With Registries and Meaningful Use Quality Reporting

athenahealth, Inc and CECity have announced a partnership through which the companies will launch a first-of-its-kind health data exchange integration and reporting service, automating the flow of information directly from practices using athenaClinicals®, athenahealth's award-winning EHR, to clinical registries from national medical specialty societies and other registries.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) will be the first national medical organization to receive clinical data from athenaClinicals to its registry through CECity's clinical quality data gateway (ImpaQt Gateway™).

"In partnership with CECity, and through a combination of our open cloud-based platform and commitment to free data flow in health care, we continue to expand our providers' ability to effortlessly transmit key clinical data from their EHR to the places it needs to and should go," said Doran Robinson, vice president, Healthcare Transactions, athenahealth. "We believe data exchange should be a core service embedded in health information technology (HIT) to satisfy things like Meaningful Use, but more importantly to advance the delivery of high-quality, well-coordinated care. This partnership is an important differentiator for athenahealth; with CECity, we are establishing a key platform integration point that enables any provider using our athenaClinicals service to meet Meaningful Use specialized registry requirements with no additional effort and at no additional cost, so they can focus on their primary role of efficient, high-quality patient care delivery."

The ImpaQt Gateway will enable the seamless transfer of information from the national athenaNet® platform to appropriate "Specialized Registries" in order to satisfy the Meaningful Use Stage 2 - Menu Measure 6 requirement that went into effect January 1, 2014.

The ImpaQt Gateway includes support for standardized data exchange formats from EHRs, as prescribed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Through secure, continuous data exchange, the ImpaQt Gateway accepts standardized EHR files, which are then automatically processed and logically stored in CECity's registry-based cloud platform. Practices are then able to control how they would like their EHR data to be channeled for use in a variety of applications hosted by CECity, including the specialized registries available for Meaningful Use, as well as PQRS, Bridges to Excellence®, Maintenance of Certification®, and other clinical practice improvement programs. The first specialized registry to receive data through the ImpaQt Gateway will be ACP Genesis Registry™.

Through a partnership with CECity, ACP Genesis Registry will accept data from athenaClinicals and provide participating health care practices with continuous feedback reports presented through online performance monitors. Each monitor offers providers a user-friendly view of their personal performance results compared to national benchmarks, benchmarks established by ACP, as well as peer comparators, and a custom analysis of their measure gaps. Linked opportunities to drive improvement and close performance gaps are available, which include population health and patient care management tools, targeted education, resources, and other evidence-based interventions from CECity's society, academic, and quality improvement research partners.

"We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with athenahealth and ACP to enable this milestone in healthcare," said Simone Karp, RPh, chief business development officer and CECity co-founder. "This collaboration represents a giant leap forward towards realizing the true vision of Meaningful Use, which is leveraging information to improve patient care. Together, through the use of cloud-based platforms, we have made the secure exchange and reporting of clinical data simple. We have enabled performance measurement and national benchmarking as a seamless outcome of the practice workflow. And, most importantly, we are now able to engage health care professionals in patient safety and quality initiatives by transitioning the focus from measurement to improvement."

"ACP Genesis Registry will help physicians to satisfy Meaningful Use specialized registry requirements and improve patient care," said Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, who leads ACP's Division of Medical Practice. "Participating practices will be able to easily transmit data from athenaClinicals, reducing the burden on physicians by eliminating the need for duplicate data entry and custom reporting."

Access to the ACP Genesis Registry, performance monitors, improvement resources, and social learning networks will be offered to participating athenahealth practices through CECity's MedConcert® Portal, the leading multi-tenant platform for performance improvement. CECity and athenahealth plan on making additional quality reporting and improvement solutions available through the athenahealth Marketplace in the near future, including solutions that may leverage the same data exchanged for Meaningful Use.

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