athenaIDX vs. Nextech EMR

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
athenaIDX
Score 1.2 out of 10
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athenaIDX is an on-premise or cloud-hosted enterprise RCM solution that helps health systems, hospitals, billing services, and large practices optimize financial performance and successfully adapt to healthcare payment reform. It is based on the Centricity medical practice and EMR software that was formerly owned and supported by GE Healthcare acquired by Veritas Capital in 2018, spun off into a new entity (Virence Health), and then rebranded as a product of athenahealth (also a Veritas…N/A
Nextech EMR
Score 4.5 out of 10
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Nextech Systems in Tampa, Florida offers Nextech EMS, an electronic medical records system and practice management software for medical specialists in the area of plastic surgery, opthalmology, and dermatology.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
athenaIDXNextech EMR
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Features
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Billing and Claims Management
Comparison of Billing and Claims Management features of Product A and Product B
athenaIDX
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Ratings
Nextech EMR
10.0
1 Ratings
26% above category average
Coding00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Patient Scheduling
Comparison of Patient Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
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Nextech EMR
9.7
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20% above category average
Rule-based scheduling00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Multi-location support00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Calendar interface00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Best Alternatives
athenaIDXNextech EMR
Small Businesses
Intergy EHR
Intergy EHR
Score 7.0 out of 10
athenaClinicals
athenaClinicals
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
CareLogic EHR
CareLogic EHR
Score 10.0 out of 10
CareLogic EHR
CareLogic EHR
Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises

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Epic
Epic
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
athenaIDXNextech EMR
Likelihood to Recommend
1.2
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Configurability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Professional Services
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
1.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
athenaIDXNextech EMR
Likelihood to Recommend
athenahealth
I couldn't recommend IDX to anyone. Most of the reviews on this site appear to be for the program that broke off from Athena IDX, Centricity Practice Solutions (CPS). CPS is a much more capable program managed by Unlimited Systems (a separate company) that should NOT be confused with Athena IDX (managed by Athena Health). It's possible that Athena IDX was usable in the 90s compared to other peer programs at that time, but there are so, so many better, modern solutions available now for far less money. This software is priced at the enterprise level with a level of quality that is below budget tier with an ancient feature set to boot.
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Nextech Systems
I have and will continue to recommend MDI (a Nextech EMR system) to other ophthalmology/retina practices through the AAOE etalk. MDI was developed by an ophthalmologist specific for ophthalmologists and the specific needs they have which makes it very easy to use. Uploading the images is easy. We are also able to share information with other practices on the system.
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Pros
athenahealth
  • One of the best things about Centricity is it is flexible. We are able to add a data point behind a term (CPS calls this an observation term) and track any data needed. These observation terms also allow us to pull information forward and display information needed to make a good decision or used to decrease errors. For example in our history forms given to the patients one of the questions is side of injury. This affected side displays on our EMR forms which helps providers and prevents mistakes.
  • CPS integrates with other programs. We are paperless and use DocuSign to send each patient their history, ROS and all new paperwork. This allows us to import the history into the forms and has saved us from adding extra staff (FTEs) to room and take history. The history form can be completed at home or in the waiting room. Each section has a observation term behind it and allows it to be placed into the note at the correct section. Since we have a fully integrated product we do not have to have another program to enter or transfer our charges from the EMR to the PM side of the program.
  • Our notes look great! We did a lot of customization which gave us the detail and look we wanted. It seems like a lot of work at first, but the outcome has so much efficacy. We increased our providers without having to increase our staffing and it is due to he efficiencies we gained by using the EMR.
  • One other note, Centricity is flexible but that means it is complicated. You can not have flexibility without it be complicated don't let that stop you the end results can be great.
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Nextech Systems
  • Integration with our PM system was done in 2009 and they built the bridge between the two companies.
  • Drawings and testing images are uploaded easily.
  • The ability to keep track of reporting for CMS is very helpful.
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Cons
athenahealth
  • Statements print only current open accounts, would be nice to print a total statement for patients so they can see if payments are split between open and closed/zeroed out accounts
  • Ability to create custom reports
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Nextech Systems
  • I would like to be able to close charts correctly for staff who are no longer with us as an administrator
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Online Training
athenahealth
Training consists of overly specific points with no general process considerations. Trainers will regularly go 'into the weeds' on pointless edge cases while the meat of the training still needs to be addressed.
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Nextech Systems
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Alternatives Considered
athenahealth
Athena IDX is more reliable than other platforms. It rarely has latency challenges where it has to be intermittently shut down or updated. It is accessible on multiple devices and overall, easy to use and navigate.
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Nextech Systems
CUSTOMER SERVICE is above par where NexGen had what we called no-customer service. Ease of use without having the make our own templates constantly. Upgrades are seamless and no added cost.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
athenahealth
The pricing structure is outlandish for how old and feature poor this program is.
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Nextech Systems
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Professional Services
athenahealth
Zero ownership. Zero responsibility. Zero desire to build something good.
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Nextech Systems
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Return on Investment
athenahealth
  • Extremely expensive software for the limited feature set. We're talking millions of dollars with off hours support (anything outside of 8-6EST) that starts at $1200 for the first hour and $300 for each hour afterwards.
  • Multitasking isn't a thing unless you assign more licenses (thereby increasing your costs). Users can quite literally only have one IDX window open at a time unless you assign more licenses. This slows down everyone as there are plenty of times where examining different parts of a patient's profile is useful.
  • Reporting has been nearly impossible as we use modern reporting software. IDX's analytics site is firmly stuck in the 1990s and lacks decades of innovation present in something like Power BI.
  • Nickel and diming philosophy. A limited API server costs ~$10k/month. Setting up a new facility in IDX costs you and requires a 4 month lead time. Many more instances of this.
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Nextech Systems
  • Being able to fax notes immediately to referring doctors and PCPs is very important. It saves on time and paper/toner not having to print out and then fax.
  • Not having to develop and/or print out the pictures/FAs and having them upload immediately so doctor can treat at the same visit.
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