Justen Deal in his post, Purkinje: stealth fighter, introduced me to another SasS focused Electronic Health Record (EHR) and practice management service provider called Purkinje. Interesting read on the company and its history.
The principle owner of Purkinje is John Doerr, a partner in Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, who provides venture capital funding for some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Like Athena Health, who I do know about, Purkinje appears headed in the same direction. I think this business model has a bright future in helping quickly ramp up the adoption of electronic health information systems in medium to small physicians practices. Justen's post provides his prospective on the cost/benefit analysis as compared to traditional EMR software vendors. Also, John Halamka, CIO of the CareGroup Health System and blogger at Life as a Healthcare CIO, lists these types of SaaS EMR providers as part of his Winners in 2009 list.
Sounds convincing from a $$$ standpoint and could be one of the solutions for West Virginia to expedite its efforts to bring low cost, flexible, electronic solutions to the provider community.
Thanks for the tip Justen.