Athenahealth, a developer of cloud-based electronic health-record and financial systems for office-based physicians and hospitals, has named information technology veteran Prakash Khot chief technology officer, the Watertown, Mass., company has announced.
Khot is a former senior VP of engineering at Salesforce and, more recently, the former CTO and chief product officer at Kaseya, a developer of IT system management software, according to an Athenahealth statement.
His role at Salesforce included managing the data analytics efforts of the customer-relationship-management software developers.
“The importance of our technology platform cannot be overstated for our business and health IT as a whole, and Prakash's combination of technology expertise, leadership experience, and an entrepreneurial approach are exactly what we need to execute the road map that will make this possible,” Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush said in a news release. “This strategic hire also represents our commitment to continuously enhancing leadership talent by drawing from internal and external sources, which we believe is very important for our long-term growth.”
Last summer, Salesforce expanded its already sizable presence in healthcare by partnering with Dutch electronics giant Philips to provide a cloud platform for data storage and retrieval from those devices for its consumer-oriented health monitoring devices.
Customer relationship management is playing a larger role in healthcare delivery as the advent of value-based payment models requires providers to better track patient activities outside the walls of the hospital and physician office.