Athenahealth makes a big push for more HIT innovation

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Ambulatory and hospital electronic health records vendor athenahealth is offering space in its San Francisco office for as many as 200 entrepreneurs.

“By consolidating fresh talent, we can help fast-track innovative solutions to market, making healthcare IT much more relevant, valuable and ‘shop-able’ for providers and their patients,” CEO Jonathan Bush said in a statement.

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The program is called MDP Labs and open to healthcare and technology entrepreneurs from seed-stage startups to mature companies, and athenahealth will not take equity in the companies.

Internal research and development and business experts will help the companies design programs, get feedback from athenahealth, its super-users and a network of advisors.

The program also offers access to athenahealth providers and beta programs. More information is available here.

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