With the acquisition of Razor Insights, it seems like athenahealth will help HealthcareIT cross the chasm and fully embrace cloud-based services for a healthcare enterprise.
Reasons why this combination is encouraging:
o Finally a single vendor cloud-based solution for the hospital and practice market.
o athenahealth has FHIR by supporting the ArgonautProject.
o RazorInsights targets the price sensitive CAH market.
o Jonathon Bush's passion to change the healthcare industry*.
Will be interesting to see if athenahealth can overcome the integration issues that have plagued other vendors, like Allscripts and McKesson (prior to the Horizon platform), etc.
*Based on his book Where does it hurt?