Ambulatory software and outsourced billing services vendor athenahealth is accelerating its move into the hospital market in a new alliance with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Watertown, Mass.-based Athenahealth in January entered the hospital software arena by acquiring RazorInsights, which serves 25 small hospitals--50 beds and under--in 15 states with cloud-hosted clinical, financial and administrative software.

Now, athenahealth is targeting larger hospitals, buying Beth Israel’s homegrown webOMR electronic health records system and teaming with the delivery system to develop a commercialized product that works with the ambulatory software and services. “We know the days of self-built information systems will not last forever,” Beth Israel CIO John Halamka said in a statement. “We want to continue to innovate while also leveraging the scale of a commercial vendor.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, a 58-bed community facility in Needham, Mass., will be the alpha development site for the new inpatient system, as athenahealth learns the modalities, rules, content, algorithms and workflows of larger delivery systems, according to the vendor.

Further, the Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare network of 185 providers across 38 sites in Massachusetts will implement athenahealth’s ambulatory products and services.

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