Athenahealth moving to standalone EHR

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Athenahealth, a popular provider of web-based practice management, billing and business services, announced that its EHR, athenaClinicals, till now available only as part of their billing/practice service package, will be offered as a stand-alone web-based system.  This comes at a time when regional extension centers (REC) are choosing their preferred systems in assisting physicians and provider groups in both EHR adoption and ‘meaningful use’ education–and presumably makes Athenahealth now competitive in this market, as well as extending their deadline for HITECH Act bonus payment qualification.  MassDevice.  Release