Non-profit Organization's Use of Health IT, Following Earthquake Devastation, Championed for Innovation and Making 'Health Care Work as it Should'
WATERTOWN, Mass., April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, today announced the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation as its 2013 Vision Award winner. The Vision Award, which was established by athenahealth as part of its annual User Conference, recognizes individuals and organizations that embody and extend the company's goal to make health care work as it should. Past winners include Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Abraham Verghese.
athenahealth honored the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation for its 30-year effort to improve the lives of Haiti's underserved by providing high-quality and affordable health care and education in the rural region of Fond des Blancs. In particular, the Vision Award honors St. Boniface for its ground-breaking Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration Program—the first of its kind in Haiti—which provides long-term care for victims of the 2010 earthquake. As part of the award, athenahealth is partnering with the Foundation to implement cloud-based electronic health records in rural Haiti; the partnership and EHR implementation will enable robust documentation of the progress and learning from the ground-breaking Spinal Cord Injury Program.
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is a health care and educational non-profit with a mission to create a model of successful, sustainable development in rural Haiti with the help of local leadership and workers. For the past three decades, the organization's primary focus has been to provide health care to thousands of local patients, despite the lack of infrastructure and shortage of trained clinicians.
After the 2010 earthquake, St. Boniface was the only Haitian-based health care organization that volunteered to take on the care of patients suffering spinal cord injuries when international relief organizations began to leave. Although it lacked experience in providing for such long-term care, the foundation's commitment to helping those in great need motivated the foundation to create its Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration Program. Today, the USAID-funded project has grown to become internationally recognized for transforming disability and spinal cord injury treatment in the developing world.
As the program developed and its case load increased, St. Boniface recognized that it needed an information system for clinical documentation that could provide a full picture of a patient's condition and health history. It was also imperative that St. Boniface could track the program's overall progress to effectively plan for existing and future needs of its patients and for the program itself.
Recognizing St. Boniface as a standout example for care excellence, athenahealth will give its cloud-based EHR service, athenaClinicals®, to the organization. athenaClinicals is ideal for St. Boniface because the cloud-based EHR can operate with just an Internet connection. It does not require on-site infrastructure, such as traditional software servers and cables, or rely on local IT staff and resources.
"We are honored to receive this prestigious award and are thrilled to implement an EHR solution that will eliminate our dependence on paper and let us track patient care," said Betsy Sherwood, Program Coordinator for the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration Program at the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation. "Information availability is essential to our spinal cord rehabilitation patients who receive care from a variety of care teams, including wound care, rehab, mental health, and vocational training teams. We're looking forward to implementing athenaClinicals to share patient information across care locations and better understand the full story of a patient's rehabilitation."
Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth, said: "This is the third year we've given the Vision Award to a true health care leader who's working to make this often broken system work as it should. St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has been visionary in its efforts to treat underserved patient populations, despite limited resources. For us, this is also a great opportunity to partner with the St. Boniface Foundation to extend the power of cloud-based EHRs to an underserved, rural region. Equipped with just laptops and an internet connection, the St. Boniface care team will be able to deploy athenaClinicals to help them achieve their goals of better care coordination and more efficient care delivery. We couldn't be more thrilled to be part of those efforts."
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About St. Boniface
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is a health care and educational non-profit whose mission is to create a model of successful, sustainable development in rural Haiti through local leadership and partnerships. For more information, please visit www.haitihealth.org.
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