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Everyone is always on the most current version of the system. The vendor is continually updating the...

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As far as patient engagement goes, the vendor keeps their promises, but there are things that the...

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The vendor really did not do a great job with this product during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Everyone needs to still have the calls go out. We needed our messages to be modified to say when we...

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The vendor doesn't ever change anything on the product. When the vendor has made changes to the...

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This product drives negative outcomes. The patients that get our phone calls often just hang up. A...

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The system has stayed the same; nothing has really changed. There is nothing new, so we really...

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I would tell someone that the system probably works great for small practices. But multispecialty...

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The vendor does a lot of things really well, but every time we try to use athenaCommunicator, we can...

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Our clinics have made a very conscious decision to create athenaCommunicator’s schedule templates to...

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We can’t really fine-tune the message that goes out. The vendor told us that we could use another...

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athenahealth’s patient portal is pretty reasonable. I look at it every once in a while, and the...

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The vendor does have upgrades on the product, but when I look at the upgrades, I am more interested...

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The vendor was behind on supporting us during the COVID-19 crisis. They were a week or two behind...

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athenaCommunicator is a pretty good patient portal. We have a high adoption of the portal. A large...

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I am not sure how proactive athenahealth's service is. In terms of executive involvement, we are...

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athenaCommunicator is part of our long-term plans. We aren't going anywhere. We have too much...

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athenahealth doesn't really do the training for the system. Our users are trained by people on-site.

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We are very impressed with athena. We enjoy our partnership with them. We wouldn’t be interested in...

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athenaCommunicator helps us meet meaningful use and MIPS quality standards because we can send...

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I would buy the system again. I have recommended it to a number of my peers over the years when I...

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When we are the ones responsible for paying for everything, we have to make sure we collect...

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The vendor is not one for nickel-and-diming. When we get our updates, we don’t have to pay anything...

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athenaCommunicator has continued to improve since athena has been taking requests or suggestions...

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The solution is extremely easy to use. It isn't something out of a horror story; that is what I hear...

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