WATERTOWN, Mass.--(athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, today provided highlights from their second annual More Disruption Please (MDP) Conference. The event is an integral part of athenahealth’s broader More Disruption Please program, the aim of which is to accelerate disruptive innovation in health care by fostering a community of forward-thinking “disruptors.”)--
Over the course of the two-day event at the Point Lookout Resort in Northport, Maine, more than 100 ‘disruptors’— CEOs of health care IT (HIT) companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics, and software engineers—gathered to discuss ways to drive the industry towards more openness, innovation, and collaboration. Keynotes were delivered by Charlie Baker, Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, former Republican nominee for Massachusetts Governor, and former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Marty Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Management at Babson College.
From the group of 55 attending CEOs, 30 were invited to participate in an MDP “elevator pitch” contest in which each gave a two-minute explanation of why their company matters in health care. Semi-finalists Entrada, iTriage, Epion, Wellframe, and Healthfinch were selected by the entire MDP group and then given 10 minutes to deliver their sales pitch to more than 2,000 athenahealth clients (mainly physicians) via a live webinar. iTriage was declared the winner and will have the opportunity to pilot and then scale their services to athenahealth’s base of over 35,000 providers through athenaNet®, athenahealth’s cloud-based network.
Dr. Pete Hudson, CEO and Founder of iTriage, said, “The MDP program is an incubator of innovative health care IT companies, giving us the forum to connect with each other and spark the provocative conversations we need in order to upend the status quo in health care. It’s a promising program aimed at shocking the system and, importantly, giving disruptors in various growth stages the opportunity to get in front of athenahealth’s significant provider base.”
athenahealth also conducted a survey during the event, asking 55 CEOs in attendance their opinions on various issues in health care:
- 35 percent believe that the Government has the most power to influence change in health care
- Yet, 51 percent believe that it’s the Government that most stifles innovation in health care
- 45 percent find that care coordination and clinical integration are the areas in most need of innovation-driven advancement
- The Affordable Care Act and ICD-10 were cited as the biggest pains for health care provider organizations in the coming year (38 percent and 36 percent, respectively)
- 58 percent believe that access to customers and their input is the most valuable resource for an entrepreneur in health care or otherwise
Kyle Armbrester, Director of Business Development at athenahealth, commented, “Our second annual MDP conference gives us great confidence in the momentum building around change in health care. We are particularly pleased that our survey results confirm the value of what athenahealth can uniquely bring to these companies—the customer. While financing, mentoring, talent acquisition, etc. are part of the program and critical to entrepreneurial success, the value of those services pales in comparison to the access to the customer and their input that nearly 60% of our participating CEOs cite as the most valued resource to their success.”
Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman of athenahealth, added, “There are radical and imaginative innovators out there who are developing technology solutions to make health care work as it should. That’s the point of MDP; it’s a hub for nurturing promising solutions and bold ideas, for forging connections between athenahealth, our provider base, and MDP participants that have the potential to turn into business partnerships. MDP is arguably the most literal and concrete manifestation of our commitment to innovation.”
For more information on the More Disruption Please program, please visit: www.athenahealth.com/disruption.
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based business services for medical groups. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and care coordination services. For more information, please visit http://www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.