athenaOne Software


 

athenahealth is connecting care nationwide with cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile apps.

With a network of more than 64,000 providers, athenahealth is helping providers manage industry changes and focus on patient care. A recognized industry leader, athenahealth received five 2013 Best in KLAS awards, including #1 Overall Software Vendor and #1 Patient Portal. Unlike conventional health IT systems, athenahealth combines cloud based software, networked knowledge, and back-office services to keep providers profitable and prepared for every change - whether it's Meaningful Use, ICD-10, or new payment models. athenahealth alleviates administrative burden by taking on paperwork, tracking claims, and managing pre-registration. With athenahealth as a partner, practices and health systems are always connected to the latest knowledge and are equipped to thrive into the future.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS

54 Reviews of athenaOne

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from Buckeye Family Healthcare
Specialty: Family medicine
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

AthenaOne...keep looking!

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Honestly the Athena Help is kind and friendly and willing to help us through our frustration

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It takes at least 5-6 clicks to do anything. Nothing is simple! You have to jump through hoops just to get from one thing to the other. You cant just make an appt. without going through the patients chart. Heck you can't do anything without going through the patients chart. You have to print a bar code off to get anything over to Athena they say they will file it for you and really it all goes in your inbox for you to file. It is a waste of paper, time, payroll and labor. EVERYTHING with Athena takes A LOT OF TIME!!! The sales team sells it like they do it all. YOU do it all! They just guide you on how. Don't let them tell you they will do everything to get you started that is False.. they will wait till you have questions when it comes up then they will guide you through it. They recommend you watch tutorials on your own time and call you twice a week. It is just not enough training. You are on your own. Very frustrating.

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Keep looking! Do you homework! If you know anyone that has Athena have them show you. I don't think that it isn't anything that you can't use. We sadly started with it and that is the problem once you start do you want to close and start over and lose $ to learn something new. The sales team knows that. They know if they get you hooked you aren't going anywhere. We are dealing with it. I have worked with many EMR's in my time and honestly this has a lot to offer but it is not user friendly. It is way to time consuming. Who ever created this NEVER worked in a doctor office. Couldn't possibly!!!!

 

from Growing Healthy Together
Specialty: Pediatrics
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Not for small practice

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The report writing capabilities. Albeit complicated, once you get a hang of it, they are quite powerful. Very complicated.

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pretty much everything else. The cost vs. return on investment (value). is poor. other products provide better value.

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Choose wisely. if you have a large practice with all the "bells and whistles", this may work for you. However, if you are large you probably already have in house billing this making the percentage you pay based on AR not worth the extra cost. Other products provide better billing management at a lower cost.

 

from Sound Pediatrics
Specialty: Pediatrics
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Understand What you are getting into before you sign the contract

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It is a very usable program, quite intuitive to use only after you know the program structure and what it can offer. We are still learning the program, the more we use it, the more we like it. We are trying to work with the system. The patient portal really rocks.

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There needs to be a checklist before go live. We pushed our go live date for one week, still we were not ready. Many basic stuff we learned later was just not set up. Our clinical forms were not uploaded to the system 6 weeks after go live. We have to revert back to the paper chart for many essential tasks, such as immunization ordering, and office lab order. Prior to implementation, the Athena should do a thorough practice assessment first to what the workflow is normally like to accommodate the physician's practice.

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Need to match the needs of the practice with what the program has to offer. Set the expectations straight. For instance, the program only offer the tool for billing, it is not a full billing service. Be prepared to hire more people in the office, not less.

 

from Pace Clinic
Specialty: Family medicine
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

2 Months new to Athena

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I have been with Athena Clinicals since Jan 1st. (2 1/2 months). They advertise a 6% increase in collections. Already collections are up 15% from last year. Granted, our practice has grown since last year, however, I think a good portion of the increase is from Athena doing a good job collecting for us.

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I love the increased revenue that we feel with Athena, however, I do feel more tied down to the computer than I used to. The system is slightly more cumbersome than our previous EHR and does take longer, but the increased collections make up for that.

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We tried to speed up our "on-boarding" training time so we could have a January 1st start date. Don't do that. Make sure you are completely trained prior to going "live" with Athena.

 

from Leslie Murphy MDVIP
Specialty: Internal medicine
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Athena Has changed their EMR Platform...frustrating current customers

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My wife (Internal Physician Doctor in NC) purchased the service from Athena in 2010. The company was helpful and staff was regularly available.

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On February 2016, Athena completely changed their program and ease of navigation. It isn't the same EMR system that we purchased. It is a mirror to AllScript. We didn't like All Script to begin with.
In the past we could use multiple monitors and open two windows to work with the EMR...making managing notes, labs and other important chart information easy to use, update and monitor. Now you can't. We are now spending extra money to retrain our staff. We never wanted this change.

Recommendations

Don't sign any contracts with any EMR companies who can (at their leisure) change the platform of their software.
One of the reason is simply because there are many EMR companies out there. They all compete. If you wish to be acquired by another company or purchase another company, you mirror them. The assimilation of software is more palatable for a buyer...knowing that the other company works on the same platform...They don't care about the physicians.

 

from iClinic
Specialty: Internal medicine
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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Fast and friendly customer service. Performance monitoring.

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The whole messaging system is confusing, cumbersome, and often messages show up as duplicates. Autopopulation of plans, labs, diagnoses, imaging is not consistent making it inefficient and annoying to keep searching through long lists for the usual items that are ordered. Settings are not intuitive.

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Use the software a few days before deciding to buy.

 

from Dr Jon's Urgent Care Center
Specialty: Urgent care
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Long on promise short on delivery

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The EMR is customizable. Certifying for MU was easy. After 4 months I can get an average patient chart done in 6 minutes provided I have a staff member do the sign off and check out. Training prior to go live was good and the trainer was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Billing follow up and working of A/R is terrible. After 4 months using Athena billing I can find no evidence that a single patient has been billed for their balance after insurance. Our Accounts Receivable is 50% higher than it has ever been in the 6 years we have been open. There seems to be no one we can talk to except client support, after a long wait on the help line, and our account representative, who is available on the phone only by appointment, promises but does not deliver. The EMR is finicky and full of glitches. It requires countless clicks to get anything done. The imbedded E&M coder is not reliable.

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Stick with paper. Visit sites similar to your own where the program is up and running. Talk to people who have left the program.

 

from Your Health Home, PLLC
Specialty: Internal medicine
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Unhappy user of this least bad EHR

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It is integrated EMR, Billing and Care Management that does help address PCMH, MU, and other complex Government/Insurer issues. First pass billing and payment process works fairly well and seems efficient when there are no errors (see below). Cost is reasonable for the services provided.

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The base code is absolutely awful. This leads to repeated problems with your interface, incompatibilities, and slow response. If you surf employment sites you will find this a recurring theme noted by ex-employees.

The product has many features that increase the chance for human error and patient harm, and the company refuses to admit or deal with these issues, in fact compounding basic problems in the years I have used it. This user interface would be unacceptable in the aviation industry. Isn't healthcare supposed to be as safety-driven as aviation? Medication lists are not presented in a user friendly way and don't show the difference between what patient was taking before the visit and what has been changed or started/stopped in a meaningful way during and after the visit. This is one of the most dangerous aspects of this software, but by no means the only patient safety issue. When you get a request for a refill, it takes several clicks and screens to find the med history before you make the refill, encouraging you to skip this vital workflow, and penalizing you for following this standard of care if you do follow the workflow.

The support center includes a "community" where you can share your problems and solutions with other users. But it is basically an echo chamber, as the company openly bans anyone who makes repeated negative comments about the product. If you don't agree to their draconian Terms of Use you can't even access this area to get help or learn about the latest updates.

My documentation time per patient after the visit is about 10-12 minutes on average. I refuse to boilerplate my documentation - I deliver personalized care. I have tried to get dictation software from the athenahealth partner Dragon which I believe would shorten this to about 1 minute, but 2 months ago I made my first request to Dragon and still have not heard back after 4 additional attempts from within and outside of athenahealth. If you by Dragon direct, you don't get full interoperability, according to athenahealth. Right now I have zero interoperability.

Too many clicks. I quote another provider who switched to another EMR locally when I asked why he switched out.

Patient Portal does not allow patient to upload a graphic. "Hey Doc, is this a mole I need to worry about?" "Here's what my incision site looks like, is it OK?" "This is the pill the pharmacy gave me, it looks different" and "What the heck is this rash?" are questions you can answer quickly saving patients and you time and effort with other EMR portals. Not athenahealth.

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If you can't stay on paper (which I threaten to revert to daily) this isn't the most horrible EMR you could go with. Just make sure you have full bottles of Prozac, Xanax and probably some Abilify on hand to get you through the process. Caffeine and Nicotine won't be enough to get you through this product. And Alcohol, well, your liver would probably vote against the quantities necessary to maintain your sanity.

Still it is the least bad EMR I've used, and have yet to find a better replacement (and I am actively looking).

 

from Sunrise Institute for Pain Management
Specialty: Other specialty
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

The best EMR product on the market.

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This product is all inclusive. Makes your practice like a resort, as you have your billing, your communicator, your EMR, and you have amazing support behind the scenes at all times working for YOU!

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Delay in getting minor details tailored to your practice.

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Give the webex introduction a try. One hour and it virtually chagned our practice forever!

 

from FemHealth USA
Specialty: Ob Gyn / women's health
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Athena Rocks!

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The system is very intuitive and user friendly. All systems have their kinks, but I must say that when a kink does appear, the CSC agents are on top of it and really know their stuff!

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Sometimes the billing piece can get a bit confusing, but we also do a great deal of write offs so it can get tricky. Again, the CSC is so helpful when I hit a roadblock

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Make sure to do a walk through of all of the existing templates to see what fits your practice. Chances are, there is something already existing in Athena that will work for your type of care, so not having to reinvent the wheel will save you a TON of time when setting up your system.

 

from Valley Medical Associates
Specialty: Internal medicine
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Athena Love

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The support is amazing! The application is so intelligent.
The metrics we can pull effortlessly are outstanding. Knowing how long it takes a patient to cycle through the different departments of our office, how efficient providers are in documenting a visit at the time of service etc has been enlightening to say the least.

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The training for implementation could be more robust.

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Customer support is key. Our previous EMR outsourced all their support to India, it was like trying to call Medicare.
Having your interests aligned with your EMR are key.

 

from Comprehensive Podiatry LLC
Specialty: Podiatry
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Podiatrist self-employed in a small private practice

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It is easy to use and meshes the clinical practice with billing well. Updates are done continuously and seamlessly. There is no problems with the system not doing what you need it to do. The training to use it is very good. The notes are easily customized to what you want in your note. Customer service is helpful.

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There is a lot that can be done on this software and there are some things that I do not use.

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Before you use software talk to offices who are currently using it to make sure it works. Prior systems I have used had a lot of problems that would have been known if the offices using it were contacted.

 

from fatburn factory
Specialty: Family medicine
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Beware of what the salespeople tell you it can do.

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automated elements that theoretically reduce staff time

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The sales process. There is no demo that you can view yourself to work through to verify what the sales person claims before signing and giving a large, NON REFUNDABLE deposit. It turned out that key elements that I had been told by the sales person were features of the EHR and of the billing component were NOT. Specifically a kiosk function so that I could be truly paperless and access to a certified coder. To my surprise, it turned out that the salesperson did not even understand the concept of a difference between a billing specialist and a certified coder.

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If you want a feature and the sales person says they offer it, make sure they go over it slowly or get it in writing in your contract.

 

from Northwestern University
Specialty: Neurology / neurosurgery
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Both really good and really bad

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The best thing about this product is the billing component. It is efficient and billing backroom staff are good. it is clear this product developing out of billing software rather than a medical record. If dollars are more important to you than patient care then go with Athena, otherwise look elsewhere.

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The medical record portion is very time consuming to complete. It is not intuitive. Completing the electronic record takes a good 20 minutes longer than an old paper record. AVOID AthenaHealth EMR.

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Take a trial run if possible. And don't believe the salespeople that say you will get quicker once you are better acquainted with the AthenaHealth software.

 

from South Denver Ob\GYN
Specialty: Ob Gyn / women's health
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Athena Excels!

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Ease of use, report generation and customer support.

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Cost is always an issue with any product in an environment of decreasing reimbursement, but Athena are the least of any vendor out there. Looking at Athena, this was the only dislike I could think of.

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Research and compare to other products on the market today. You will find no better partner in the office system and EHR market.

 

from NW Urology
Specialty: Urology
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Athena is full of bugs and workflow issues

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It is web based, so can access relatively easily from any place with an internet connection

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The layout and workflow are not intuitive. Athena requires way too many clicks to get things done. It sends way to many items to tasks. For instance, I send a letter to the referring doc and sign it. Then it goes to may task box to REVIEW AGAIN and finally approve and send. This results in an enormous file folder of tasks to go through at the end of the day.

Another example of a workflow problem, you write an order for a lab, you must click a button called "sign orders" as well as click the save button to actually execute the order. Why two steps? Why not just click save and have it send?

Another.....every fax that comes to our fax number now goes to Athena and they send it to the provider whose name it was sent to. My staff used to look at these faxes before me and get things done (med refills, appt requests, etc) and only involve me if it needed my level of attention. Now I am the one weeding through these faxes. Very poorly thought out.

Looking for old notes and labs are difficult to find. We converted from Urochart because we needed a better option for managing multiple clinic sites. I rue the day we switched. Urochart had great workflow for their EMR with all notes, labs, reports on a timeline, easy to access and visualize.

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Go to an office where they are up and running Athena and see if you can navigate the EMR yourself. Nothing is intuitive in this software

 

from Katahdin Valley Health Center
Specialty: Family medicine
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Athena is all that and more

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We are a long term user of EMRs and have found Athena to be the best by far of any we have used. Their reporting tool is better than any we have seen before and their on-going support is great. We allowed our providers to select the new system and they were unanimous in their selection.

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Their training and preparation during transition is outstanding. It would have been nice to have a live person on-site during go live to help allay any fears, but their go-live support by phone turned out to be fine as they have the ability to actually view the screen that you are on remotely. We also were unable to upload any of our old charts to the new system and had to abstract the information that we wanted manually.

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We have found Athena to represent what we feel to be the future of EMRs instead of the traditional legacy systems that really represent the history of EMRs, good and bad. Athena allows us local control of how our system is used by our providers and allows them the flexibility that others do not.

 

from Amelia Heart and Vascular Center, Inc
Specialty: Cardiology
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Excellent product in every way

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The EMR is intuitive and no nonsensical. It is easy to use. It is extremely transparent when it comes to billing. We have used the athena communicator for the patient portal and it has been a God sent. It saves us time and the patients love it. Since the implementation of the system our office is effient , organized and runs like a well oiled machine.

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Nothing much. I think some of the cardiology templates could use improvement

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You have to show the interest to learn it and spend time teaching it to your colleagues. I think that is really important to make sure everyone is on board.

 

from Watauga Orthopaedics
Specialty: Orthopedics / sports medicine
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Excellent Solution

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AthenaOne is easy to use and a very robust system. It does everything that we need and has improved our day to day operations. Also, customer service is outstanding!

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Overall, this vendor and product is superior to anything on the market. Sometimes the size of this company can be intimidating.

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Speak to as many references as you can. You will find that we are extremely happy with the product. Also, do a site visit to watch athena one in action!

 

from Healthstar Physicians
Specialty: General practitioner
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Redefining medical care

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I like the ability to customize the EHR clinical record to your practice style. It is a very robust product that allows the clinical team to effortlessly work together with out wasting a lot of time.

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Like most software products for medicine, there are still some limitations in its ability to make the point of care completely seamless while you are interacting with the patient.

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Be sure to visit sites that are utilizing the product and determine if it's a fit into your practice style