Primary Care Development partners with athenahealth to help community health centers

Watertown’s athenahealth Inc., a company that provides electronic health record services to doctors and other medical professionals, said that it has signed a strategic partnership with Primary Care Development Corp., or PCDC.

Founded in 1993, PCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and transforming primary care in at-risk communities by improving health outcomes, lowering health costs, and reducing the disparities in the availability and quality of care. To date, PCDC has helped more than 900 organizations serving more than seven million patients, athenahealth’s press release noted.

According to athenahealth, the partnership will ensure that PCDC is not inundated with administrative burdens or overwhelmed with the complexities of things like electronic health record adoption and the associated reporting mandates.

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This is PCDC’s first partnership with a health care technology vendor to deliver expanded services to primary care practices, athenahealth said in its press release.

In a statement, athenahealth chief medical officer Todd Rothenhaus, MD, said: “Primary care is the foundation of health care; yet increasingly, FQHCs (federally qualified health centers) face daunting administrative and financial burdens that take time and resources away from patient care. At the same time it is in the DNA of community health centers and their dedicated PCPs (primary care providers) to meet any challenges head on, and like PCDC, we want to be able to support these providers to become more efficient, better manage clinical and business operations, and report out on quality measures. We are honored to partner with PCDC to support their work and deliver the consultative services community health centers need to adopt the most effective technology strategy.”