Southwest Kidney Institute selects athenahealth services

Sept. 1, 2010

PHOENIX & WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– athenahealth, a provider of Web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that Southwest Kidney Institute, one of the nation’s leading kidney disease management groups, has selected athenahealth’s full suite of Web-based services to help its 50 medical providers streamline operational procedures and to support improved communications with patients.

Southwest Kidney Institute’s dialysis centers and programs are designed to deliver dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease. In January of 2008, Southwest Kidney Institute partnered with DaVita, an expert in dialysis management in the United States, with the intention of allowing the company to focus more on patient care. Southwest Kidney Institute selected athenahealth’s services in an effort to drive better operational and clinical outcomes for their nephrology physician practices. athenahealth announced a partnership with DaVita in March 2010 to market its services to nephrologists across the country.

Southwest Kidney Institute will adopt athenaCommunicator, a patient cycle management tool designed to manage patient interactions triggered by practice staff or by automated routines within athenaNet, athenahealth’s Web-based platform. athenaCommunicator will work with athenaCollector, athenahealth’s Web-based medical billing and practice management service, which is fully integrated with athenahealth’s electronic health record (EHR) service, athenaClinicals. Combined, these three services will provide Southwest Kidney Institute with a single, unified practice management platform that will help to improve their practice and patient communications across a number of fronts.

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