SAN JOSE, Calif. and WATERTOWN, Mass., April 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One of the most inefficient and time-consuming aspects of running a hospital or medical facility is managing the often disjointed back-office financial systems. To help alleviate this burden, athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN), a leading provider of network-enabled services and mobile applications for health care providers nationwide, and Intacct, a leading provider of best-in-class cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced a new technology partnership to deliver a comprehensive cloud-based financial solution for hospitals. As part of this strategic partner agreement, athenahealth® will integrate and sell Intacct’s financial applications with its revenue cycle management services.
“At athenahealth, we’re focused on being a trusted partner to health care organizations of all sizes, one that enables them to focus more on the practice of medicine and less on the associated business processes and administrative tasks,” said Kyle Armbrester, Chief Product Officer, athenahealth. “By partnering with Intacct, we believe that we’ve vastly extended the value and measurable results we bring to hospitals. Together, we’ve combined our financial, accounting, and clinical expertise to bring to market a new standard of cloud services that we believe will redefine what’s possible when it comes to visibility into, and management surrounding, the entire financial picture for hospitals.”
The health care industry’s transition to value-based reimbursement, coupled with declining cash flows and tightening margins at hospitals, has compounded the already complex health care billing process. With hospitals’ increased need to align financial health with the management of various quality of service benchmarks such as re-admissions, preventative care, risk adjustments, and billing classifications, the introduction of this new functionality for hospital financial teams could not come at a better time.
“Instead of forcing hospitals to rely on a suite of solutions from a single vendor that only scratch the surface of their needs, together, with athenahealth, we believe we’ve created a fully-integrated solution with a new depth of functionality for hospital financial teams,” said Scott Lumish, Vice President of Business Development, Intacct. “Intacct was designed to easily connect with other business applications to help companies achieve peak performance. Working with athenahealth was an obvious choice when it came to extending the value of Intacct to hospitals. This partnership is all about making hospitals more efficient via a streamlined, supported and proven model, which we believe only athenahealth and Intacct can uniquely offer.”
Earlier this year, Mt. Grant General Hospital started using Intacct to improve its accounts payable workflow. “As a small hospital we can easily get bogged down in an avalanche of tasks,” said Greg Schumann, manager of IT at Mt. Grant Hospital. “Since we can only afford to hire so many people, we have to be super efficient in whatever we do. With Intacct, our entire back office team now has the tools to improve our organizational and operational abilities—whether it’s getting invoices into the system, scheduling payments, cutting checks, doing reconciliations, or general ledger tasks. All the features are here and work as advertised in a neat, highly-intuitive package. But the biggest benefit is that Intacct saves our small team valuable time by automating where possible and freeing us from the mundane to tackle more important duties. Bottom line: We can do more with less which helps us stay profitable when many small hospitals are failing.”
Both athenahealth and Intacct provide robust cloud-to-cloud integration capabilities via web service application programming interfaces (APIs). As true multi-tenant cloud platforms, athenaNet® and Intacct will be tightly integrated with athenahealth’s hospital and health systems clients. While commonplace in other industries, the ability to introduce and scale new offerings via a cloud-enabled network is lacking in health care. athenahealth’s introduction of Intacct across its network will happen immediately with general availability to follow in May 2016. This type of strategic partnership is part of athenahealth’s ongoing commitment to fully serve the hospital market to help hospitals achieve peak performance.
To learn more about athenaOne® for Hospitals and Health Systems please visit: http://www.athenahealth.com/enterprise/community-hospitals. To learn more about Intacct solutions, please visit http://www.intacct.com.
About athenahealth, Inc.
athenahealth is a leading provider of network-enabled services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates® and other point-of-care mobile apps. We connect care and drive meaningful, measurable results for more than 75,000 health care providers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com.
Intacct is a leading provider of best-in-class cloud ERP software. Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct’s award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. In use by more than 10,500 organizations from startups to public companies, Intacct is designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. Hundreds of leading CPA firms and Value Added Resellers also offer Intacct to their clients. The Intacct system includes accounting, cash management, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation, subscription billing, revenue recognition, project accounting, fund accounting, inventory management, and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding our expectations regarding the partnership between Intacct and athenahealth, and our opportunities as a result of the partnership. Forward-looking statements may be identified with words such as “will,” “may,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “upcoming,” “believe,” “estimate” or similar terminology, and the negative of these terms. Forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include: our ability to effectively integrate and sell Intacct’s financial applications within our revenue cycle management services; our ability to capitalize on the opportunities we believe the partnership presents; our highly competitive industry and our ability to compete effectively and remain innovative; and changes in the health care industry and their impact on the demand for our services. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding these and other risks faced by us, refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), available on the Investors section of our website at www.athenahealth.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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