Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush is in a deconstruction state of mind

Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush is in a deconstruction state of mind

Jonathan Bush, the voluble co-founder and CEO of athenahealth, is overhauling the corporate he based with Todd Park in 1997.

Within the subsequent 12 to 24 months, he and his staff could have utterly deconstructed athenahealth right into a set of standalone micro-services that may end in having many extra merchandise than the corporate provides at present, he informed Healthcare IT Information. The shift will even enable many different individuals to make merchandise.

As Bush sees it, the change will render out of date shopping for an entire stack – database, affected person listing, supplier listing, order units, process codes, prognosis codes.

And there’s extra shaking as much as come.

Athenahealth debuted Epocrates Join, an athenahealth cellular app in March at HIMSS18, for example. The system makes use of machine studying and language processing to provide suppliers data and assist coordinating affected person care.

It is seemingly to assist doctor burnout, mentioned Bush.

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“A part of the explanation for the rising burnout charge is the replication of pointless duties throughout the system,” he mentioned.

“You’ve all these remoted stacks of the identical data on individuals,” he added. “Perhaps one’s on the insurance coverage firm. One’s on the hospital. One’s on the surgical middle. Each time somebody does one thing, that affected person is replicated and shipped off someplace and will get right into a queue some place else.”

As Bush sees it, it will be higher to have all people wanting up the identical individual in the identical place.

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“Nationally, there isn’t any interoperability,” he mentioned. “You’re simply working off a platform. Everyone is working on the identical service.”

He factors to Amazon as an organization that serves as a platform for plenty of people who find themselves not solely aggressive with Amazon. “Everybody expects to function that method,” he mentioned. “Actually, it is what Apple expects.”

Bush is buoyed by the current healthcare strikes by Apple, Google and Amazon.

“The likes of Amazon and Apple are pulling up seats to the desk and so they’re talking our language – speaking about cloud-based platforms, affected person engagement, knowledge accessibility,” he wrote in a March 23 put up on LinkedIn.

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“It is thrilling for an antiquated business like healthcare,” he defined. “We completely want to raised loop sufferers into the cycle of healthcare and there is nice alternative for large tech to splash right here – and splash large.”

Is Bush remaking the athenahealth? Sure, considerably, he mentioned.

“I am not remaking the imaginative and prescient or the mission. However I am including a enterprise mannequin and I’m remaking the tech deck.”

Bush can also be altering the working mannequin of the corporate, he mentioned, which is “going by means of a painful, complicated, marvelous change.”

Twitter: @Bernie_HITNEmail the author: bernie.monegain@himssmedia.com

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