athenaIDX vs. Salesforce Health Cloud

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
Salesforce Health Cloud
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Salesforce Health Cloud is a patient and member relationship platform designed to deliver personalized engagement, and provide a complete view of the patient. With Health Cloud, care teams have access to clinical and non-clinical patient and member data including current health conditions and medications, appointment history, communication preferences, and data from the EHR and other systems. Teams are able to work across entire patient and member groups to provide care, faster.N/A
Pricing
athenaIDXSalesforce Health Cloud
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
athenaIDXSalesforce Health Cloud
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
athenaIDXSalesforce Health Cloud
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Small Businesses
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises

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User Ratings
athenaIDXSalesforce Health Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
1.2
(10 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
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
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User Testimonials
athenaIDXSalesforce Health Cloud
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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Salesforce
The best scenario [is] that it has [a] particular object which can directly store the records of the client [who] has purchased the policy and practitioner details with [their] expertise. The users can directly book the appointment using LWC or Aura components which can be exposed on websites. The object will be linked with each other [using] a lookup relation which creates a complete framework to handle the cases and details of the clients, [their] policies, and other details as well. Booking or finding a practitioner can be done with the [Salesforce] Health Cloud app where it can use [your] current location and provide details of [available] nearby doctors. Health Cloud supports live agent as well where a user can get the details on his insurance policy and get other help if he need from the chat option with live agent.
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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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Salesforce
  • [There] are particular objects such as person accounts which [are] linked with [health care company accounts if they have a policy].
  • We have flows and pages where a user or client can book [their] appointment with a practitioner and get instant help by raising a case or request for [an] appointment.
  • [Salesforce] Health Cloud keeps all the records of clients and practitioners and can link them when and where ever needed.
  • Objects in the managed package have [a] standard field which gives a perfect solution with out-of-the-box functionality without creating such a model or structure.
  • We can raise cases or requests and [use] automation tools like flows [so] the case will be assigned to [a] practitioner or the queue of the user.
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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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Salesforce
  • They can have standard pages or components which can directly be used to book or record the appointment with the practitioner.
  • [I believe] there is nothing more that [Salesforce] Health Cloud can improve as already everything comes under automation, from [booking] to service issues, everything is automated.
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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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Salesforce
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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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Salesforce
When it comes to Health Cloud in other CRM we have to create the related object and fields and we have to set [up] a complete architecture for the healthcare business to run over the CRM. But here Salesforce is proving a managed package, which is Health Cloud, has the framework already built we just [have to] use the standard functionality and get our task with automation done. This has definitely reduced the effort of developers as well as the agents who are working on the Health Cloud. [Even] a person with very little coding skill can use this CRM and get [their] task cases, etc. automated and [the] perfect solution can be built with low efforts.
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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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Salesforce
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Professional Services
athenahealth
Zero ownership. Zero responsibility. Zero desire to build something good.
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Salesforce
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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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Salesforce
  • Definitely, [the ability] to handle [a] large number of users, [Salesforce Health Cloud] serves the best solution to the healthcare industry.
  • [The] best part is that it is cloud-based technology where data and records will always be ready for use and there is minimal chance of losing the data.
  • It has reduced the efforts of the agents to book appointments or find the right practitioner which saves time [for] both the agent as well as the client.
  • There are automation tools [that] are used to send emails for reminders of policies.
  • Issues of people can be handled when a case is created and it gets assigned to a user or queue of users to get the issue resolved asap.
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