Dallas-based CHRISTUS Health will implement in its owned physician practices remotely hosted practice management and electronic health records software, along with outsourced billing and collections services from athenahealth Inc., Watertown, Mass.

The vendor also will provide patient communication software that includes a Web portal and automated messaging for appointment reminders, notification of past due balances, disease management compliance outreach and other functions.

The delivery system has more than 50 hospitals and its growing CHRISTUS Provider Network includes more than 150 physicians in 40 clinics in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Some of the clinics have been using the vendor's practice management and billing services since 2006.

More information is available at christusmedicalgroup.org/default.cfm?id=1 and athenahealth.com.

--Joseph Goedert


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