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Azalea Listed As #1 Emerging HCIT Company In 2020

The KLAS report, Emerging HCIT Companies 2020, asked organizations to share top innovative or potentially disruptive HIT vendors they have seen or heard about lately and Azalea Health took the top spot.

The report included responses from 341 healthcare professionals from 299 different provider organizations. 

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Atlanta Business Chronicle Q&A With Azalea CEO Baha Zeidan

Atlanta Business Chronicle just named it’s list of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs of 2019. They are scheduled to be honored on Aug. 22 at an awards event at The Fairmont. Here’s a Q&A with one of the honorees, Baha Zeidan, co-founder and CEO of Azalea Health who answers questions around organizational trust, leadership and how to prepare for the future.

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Baha Zeidan Makes Atlanta Business Chronicle List of Most Admired CEOs

Atlanta Business Chronicle released their 2019 List of Most Admired CEOs and Azalea Health is proud to announce our very own Baha Zeidan made the list!

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Azalea Health Mentioned In Coffee With Coker Episode

In this episode of Coffee With Coker, Jeffery Daigrepont, SVP in of Healthcare IT Services, interviews Jose Valero, President and CEO of dashboardMD, a healthcare analytics company. Jeffery and Jose discuss the importance of healthcare analytics and using dashboardMD for population health management and clinical, financial, and operational analytics.

Azalea is mentioned around 10:45! Listen to the full interview below and check out the original article here.

Azalea CEO Baha Zeidan Joins Connor Kimball with AVOXI and Robin Gregg with RoadSync On Atlanta Business Radio

Azalea Health CEO Baha Zeidan joins Connor Kimball with Avoxi and Robin Gregg with Roadsync to speak with Atlanta Business Radio about Azalea’s growth and success over the last 11 years.

Hear Baha share his personal journey from intern, to entrepreneur and CEO of a company with more than 200 employees and four offices.

Baha shares his passion for helping underserved healthcare providers improve patient care and profitability; attributing Azalea’s success to dedication and a strong company culture.

Listen to the full interview below. To skip straight to Baha’s interview, go to 21:51.


VSU, Azalea Health Partner for Software Development Competition

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Department of Computer Science has teamed up with Azalea Health to host Hackathon 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation.

Hackathon is open to all currently enrolled high school, college, and university students interested in computer science, engineering, or computer design. During the all-day competition, teams of two to five students will collaboratively develop innovative software applications for use in the healthcare industry — showing off their skills while competing for cash prizes.

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Coding For The Community: Azalea Health Hackathon A Success

A success with community solutions, the sixth annual Hackathon went according to plan.

The Hackathon, held Feb. 9, saw 10 teams, the largest participating number the event has had so far, duke it out by coding the best solution to a problem. This year’s issue, “Coding for the Community,” asked for ways to unite the community.

5 Ways to Beat the Hurdles of Prior Authorizations


Here is some advice to make the process easier to deal with, even though you can’t make it go away.

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Q&A with Baha Zeidan, 2018 40 Under Forty Honoree

Atlanta Business Chronicle has named our 2018 40 Under Forty honorees. The up-and-comers will be celebrated at a sold-out awards event Nov. 8 at the Fox Theatre in Midtown. Here’s a Q&A with one of the honorees, Baha Zeidan, co-founder founder and CEO, Azalea Health:

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Leveraging The Right Support Tools For Rural Behavioral Health Patients

As one study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted, many non-metropolitan areas have a higher percentage of deaths from the five leading causes — cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and unintentional injuries.

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Azalea Health Named One of Software Advice’s EMR FrontRunners

What is an EMR FrontRunner?

Software Advice has been used by thousands of physicians to sort through the hundreds of EHR software options in the market. Physicians need a third-party they can trust to provide unbiased reviews of software and also help them narrow down the choices to make the selection process more manageable.

In order to be considered for a FrontRunner position, your company must have had at least 20 reviews in the past 18 months. This ensures their information is recent.

EMR FrontRunners also is a unique designation as it is based entirely on real user reviews. Some ratings and awards in the industry are “pay-to-play” or based on “expert” opinion. Software Advice’s EMR FrontRunners is a designation controlled by reak physicians, practice admins, and billers. They share their honest feedback on the software and the cumulation of those ratings determines an EMR FrontRunner’s score.

Azalea Health is happy to report a 4.13 out of 5 Usability score. Our focus when designing our EHR is fewer clicks and an intuitive, modern design. Sounds like our users agree that we are on target with that goal.

Additionally, Azalea Health received the highest Recommended score among Enterprise vendors, 4.3 out of 5. Our client team works hard to ensure our customers are happy with not only the software but also the results they see from it.

We would like to thank all customers that submitted feedback. We are truly happy to hear you find our EHR user-friendly and recommendable.

If you are looking into a new EHR vendor, head over to Software Advice to read the full report and scores. We would love to chat with you and show you Azalea Health’s EHR.

What Rural Health Facilities Need to Survive in 2018 and Beyond

by Baha Zeidan, Azalea Health CEO

Halfway through 2018, rural health facilities are seeing lots of new opportunities emerge within the larger national push toward value-based care.

But for most of these organizations, 2018 is also rife with challenges: Recent data published by the Chartis Center for Rural Health revealed 41 percent of rural hospitals faced negative operating margins this past year, stemming from specific states lack of Medicaid expansion, a lack of primary-care provider availability, and other factors. Another recent study, commissioned by 340B Health, reveals that while 340B DSH Hospitals represent only 38 percent of acute-care hospitals, they are still responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s uncompensated and unreimbursed care, to the tune of more than $26 billion.

If that weren’t enough, rural health organizations already treat a disproportionately higher number seniors and military veterans than their urban contemporaries. By all accounts, this trend will continue. And by 2050, the number of Americans age 55 and older is projected to reach 88.5 million, or double today’s population, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

All of these high-level factors trickle down to patients and are correlated with an organization’s ability to serve them in the best way possible. The sooner rural health facilities can tackle their operational, clinical, and financial issues, the better off they’ll be long term….

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Azalea Health Services Increase Reimbursement for 265 Ambulatory Providers: 5 Quick Facts

Practices using Azalea Health’s revenue cycle management and billing services reported lower claim rejection rates and quicker reimbursement turnaround than industry averages.

Azalea collected results from 265 community-based practices using the company’s revenue cycle management services in the first quarter of 2018.

Here are five quick facts:

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MedTech Breakthrough Announces Winners of the 2018 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program

MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market, today announced the results of its 2018 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, showcasing technologies and companies that drive innovation and exemplify the best in medical and health related technology solutions across the globe.

“With advancements in medical and health technology that include developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and medical data analytics, the 2018 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program garnered an impressive set of award nominees that are delivering “break through” digital health experiences for health systems and patients alike,” said James Johnson, Managing Director, MedTech Breakthrough. “There’s no question that our 2018 awards program winners represent extraordinary MedTech industry leadership and we are thrilled to recognize this year’s MedTech Breakthrough Award winners. Congratulations to the winners on your well-deserved industry recognition.”

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Rural America’s Healthcare Is At-Risk

Sixteen percent of Americans – over 51 million people – live in an area defined as rural. But while many of these Americans are insured, they face significant challenges to access healthcare services compared to their urban counterparts.

With regulatory and quality requirements rolling out and reimbursements threatened, critical access hospitals (CAHs) and community hospitals are fighting to remain financially viable in order to continue to serve their patients. Without these facilities in rural communities, overall community healthcare and economic conditions will decline.

The right technology is finally starting to reach these remote areas, so that these hospitals can stay competitive, financially healthy and stabilize as pillars of their communities.

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5 Tactics to Tackling Rural Health Challenges with Telemedicine

A woman living in a rural community has a low-risk pregnancy. Unable to make her outpatient visits to see her OB, she is provided the option to leverage telehealth to safely carry to term. Throughout her pregnancy, the patient and doctor meet via a mobile-based telehealth service. Twice, a medical assistant visits the patient to obtain blood work and complete an ultrasound.

Or, a mother of four believes her child is sick; however she is hesitant to take her family to the doctor for fear of exposing the children to the flu germs that are pervasive throughout the country. She instead makes a telehealth appointment with her doctor to have her daughter’s cough evaluated…

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Analyzing EMR Data Key To Increasing Referrals, Providing Benefit To Patients & Health Systems


With electronic medical records, physicians and hospital leaders have access to reams of data, much more so than in the past — even too much, in some cases. Turning that data into actionable change can be challenging, but with the right approach, EMR data can be used to increase referrals to hospitals, imaging centers, standalone clinics and even individual specialists.

Typically, those who receive the most referrals belong to health systems or networks that partner with a vendor, one that sifts through the data and identifies opportunities for both financial and clinical improvement. There are a lot of vendors in the space, from Compulink and MediTouch to CureMD and Azalea Health, each with their strengths and weaknesses.

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Software Contest Slated


Valdosta State University’s Department of Computer Science has teamed up with Azalea Health to host Hackathon 2018 Saturday, Feb. 17, at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation.

Hackathon is open to all currently enrolled high school, college and university students interested in computer science, engineering or computer design, according to university officials.

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VSU, Azalea Health Partner for Software Development Competition


VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Department of Computer Science has teamed up with Azalea Health to host Hackathon 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation.

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Azalea Health Interview at HealthIT Leadership Summit


Reeya Patel, MPH, Associate Director of Health Insights, and Jessica Lewis Cook, Director of Ambulatory Sales, from Azalea Health discuss the company’s participation in the HealthIT Leadership Summit.

In the interview they describe significant topics brought up at the conference, such as how the HealthIT industry is changing.

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This Just In: Azalea Health Acquisition of Prognosis


Host Justin Barnes’, aka @HITAdvisor, guest is Baha Zeidan (@BZeidan), Azalea Health (@AzaleaHealth). The two discuss Azalea’s strategic acquisition of Prognosis (Acute EHR), their recent growth and what’s driving that success as well as how Baha see’s healthcare evolving from his thought leader perspective.

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Azalea Health Can Reach More Rural Patients With Their Digital Health Tools


Though urban areas have their own health challenges, rural areas across the country face a consistent problem: a lack of access to providers. There are less than half the number of physicians per 10,000 people in rural versus urban areas and less than 1/8 the number of specialists per 100,000 people. If you’re sick in a rural area, you’re often faced with a choice of a less-than-ideal generalist practitioner, or expensive and time-consuming travel to get to the specialist you need.

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After Merger, Houston Health Care Company To Hire 50 People Locally


“We’re honored and grateful to have great talent in downtown Houston now, and we will be growing that talent in the new year and the years to come.”

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Rural-Focused Azalea Health Acquires EHR Firm Prognosis Innovation Healthcare


Atlanta-based Azalea Health, a health IT software firm focused on rural practices and mobile tools, has acquired Houston-based EHR company Prognosis Innovation Healthcare. While the terms of the acquisition were not included in the announcement, the companies said in a letter to Prognosis clients that the EHR company will continue to operate underneath Azalea with no major interruptions in services or staffing.

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Azalea Health and Prognosis Innovation Healthcare To Merge, Create EHR for Rural Providers


Atlanta-based Azalea Health merged with Houston-based Prognosis Innovation Healthcare Aug. 31 to establish an EHR that will serve rural and community hospitals.

Prognosis is an EHR provider to rural and community hospitals, while Azalea offers fully-integrated web-based healthcare solutions and services. Under the merger, Azalea will expand its presence into critical access and small community hospitals to deliver a complete continuum of care platform. The company will maintain its headquarters in Atlanta.

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Azalea Health and Prognosis Innovation Healthcare Merge, Targeting Rural Providers

Azalea Health, a web-based healthcare systems and services vendor, is merging with Prognosis Innovation Healthcare, a vendor of an electronic health records system targeting rural and community hospitals.

Azalea’s expertise is in the cloud-based IT, billing and reporting space for rural health clinics and hospitals. Leveraging the integration of the Prognosis inpatient EHR system will enable Azalea to expand its presence into the 50 or fewer bed hospital space to deliver a complete continuum of care platform to an expanded rural market segment-

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Telehealth: Taking Your Practice to Your Patients

The verdict is in; the fight to gain—and retain—patients has never been more fierce, and while none of us would devalue “face time” with our healthcare providers, there is certainly something to be said for FaceTime with our providers. It’s not a unique discovery, really. Smart brands and businesses have already long understood the value of engaging with consumers where they most want to receive that interaction—through the web, over the phone—at their fingertips.

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Vigilias Telehealth To Deploy Azalea Health’s Practice Management, EHR & RCM Solutions


Wichita, Kan.-based Vigilias Telehealth is implementing Atlanta-based Azalea Health’s cloud-based practice management, EHR and revenue cycle management services.

Vigilias Telehealth, a multispecialty healthcare company, offers care via proprietary telemedicine technology across the central and southwest United States. It features a network of 40 physicians across 25 specialties.

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Behind the Scenes With Azalea Health’s Baha Zeidan

As the co-founder, CEO and leading force behind new technology development at Azalea Health, Baha Zeidan is a real-life health IT superhero. After graduating from Valdosta State University and climbing the medical laboratory ladder, Baha was ready for a new challenge. Guided by his passion for cloud computing, mobile development, device computing and big data analytics, Baha set off on an epic entrepreneurial journey.

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Technology Executives Roundtable Announces the Addition of Executives From AssureSign, Azalea Health, Frazier & Deeter, and OmniMetrix To Its Board

Azalea Health Lands $10.5M to Expand Its Rural Market EHR

Azalea Health, an Atlanta-based provider of EHRs, practice management, and revenue cycle management solution has raised $10.5 million in funding. The Series B round was led by Kayne Partners with participation from existing investor Intersouth Partners.

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VSU Students Win At Third Annual Hackathon

VALDOSTA –– Twenty-nine students recently gathered at Valdosta State University’s Nevins Hall for the third annual Azalea Health Hackathon.

The students were given a problem to solve and challenged to develop innovative software applications for use in the health care industry in just eight hours.

A panel of judges selected the top three teams based on the innovation/creativity, quality, user-friendliness, accuracy and overall presentation of the final creations, organizers said.

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Azalea Health Featured on GaHIN Press Release for Improving Care at Schools

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating the use and secure exchange of electronic health information, announced that the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth has joined GaHIN to improve care at school clinics. Azalea Health was featured in the press release for donating its its electronic health record (EHR) software, services and training to rural K-12 school clinics in Coffee County, Georgia, where the GaHIN pilot is taking place at 12 schools. Collectively, these organizations are helping to improve the quality of healthcare at schools with telemedicine, especially in rural areas.

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Azalea Health Releases Results of 2015 Rural Health IT Strategy Survey

Azalea Health has released the results of the 2015 Rural Health IT Strategy Survey, the first in the industry to focus solely on rural clinics and small hospitals. The survey generated insightful results on topics as diverse as the adoption and practical use of technology, operational needs, regulatory concerns and the overall impact of health IT on the industry.

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Azalea Health Featured in Politico’s Morning eHealth

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This week, Azalea Health was featured on the popular political journalism organization, Politico. As the one of the first surveys in the industry focusing on rural clinics and small hospitals, the results of the 2015 Rural Health IT Strategy Survey were highlighted in Politico’s Morning eHealth Report, a daily report on healthcare technology.

“RURAL HEALTH IT SURVEY: A little more than a third of rural health care providers said in a survey released Thursday that health IT has improved their efficiency and overall business practices. But nearly the same number said that efficiency has come at the cost of significant time and resource commitments. The findings came from Azalea Health’s 2015 Rural Health IT Strategy Survey. About 12 percent of rural practices have either not started to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 or don’t know where they stand. Sixty-five percent are attesting to either Stage 1 or Stage 2 of meaningful use. “

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Azalea Health raises $1.5 million to help integrate SimplifyMD

One area of digital health where consolidation will continue to increase is the realm of cloud based services for physician practices. That includes apps tied to all the usual admin tools from billing to scheduling to prior authorization.

One company that falls into that category is Azalea Health. The health IT company, which acquired Atlanta-based EHR provider SimplifyMD last summer for an undisclosed amount, has raised $1.5 million, according to a Form D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Azalea Health Honored as “Emerging Company of the Year” at Health IT Leadership Summit

Azalea Health, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, was named the 2014 Emerging Company of the Year awarded by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) at the 5th Annual Health IT Leadership Summit at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. CEO and Co-founder, Baha Zeidan, received the prestigious Phoenix Award, which recognizes companies and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the growth of the Health IT industry in Georgia.

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Azalea Health VP, Doug Swords, Speaks on Value of Internship Programs

Interns can be beneficial not only to businesses, but also to the business community as a whole.

Doug Swords, now Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management for Azalea Health, knows first-hand the symbiotic value of internship experience, having begun his career in the healthcare IT industry with an internship. “The experience and skills I obtained through that internship helped kickstart my career while paving the way to the creation of Azalea Health,” Swords said. “Today, as an employer, Azalea Health finds tremendous value in employee internships. They have helped shape our organization in countless ways as our interns have moved up to positions of leadership in the company in areas such as software development, marketing, sales, revenue cycle management, client relations, and software training and support.”

Successful programs focus on mutual benefit for employers and interns. Students gain knowledge of business practices, industry patterns, and general operations while learning to develop and implement their ideas. The skills gained help interns to build attractive résumés ripe with experience. While many internships are unpaid, some organizations offer incentives such as transportation stipends or college credit. Employers receive fresh perspective from students who assist with the organization’s workload and often become permanent employees upon graduation. This business model helps to retain local talent while growing business, a winning scenario for students, employers and the business community.

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Merger Shows Health IT Still Blooming in GA

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The merger brings additional staff, customers and software tools to Azalea Health.

Seven years ago, Baha Zeidan and two of his Valdosta colleagues entered a local competition for business plans, looking to build on their idea for a health care software startup.

At the time, the three young men, all graduates of Valdosta State University, were working at a medical lab company in the South Georgia city. The group saw a need for better software for the health care industry, which still was bogged down with paper medical records.

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce awarded them the first prize of $15,000 for their business plan. The contest award also came with legal and other services.

“That was the start of the company,’’ Zeidan said.

The merger underscores the importance of the health IT sector in Georgia, and its broad geographic reach within the state. (Alpharetta is in northern metro Atlanta, while Valdosta is just a few miles from the Florida line.)

According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, there are more than 250 health IT companies in Georgia, supporting nearly 30,000 jobs.

Read more in Georgia Health News

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