athenahealth Earns Preferred Electronic Health Record Service Partner Status from VITL

Vermont non-profit healthcare organization and athenahealth to support the creation of a care provider network that will help introduce efficiencies into the health system

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of internet-based business services to physician practices, today announced that Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), a non-profit organization driving the implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems and health information exchange in the state of Vermont, has selected athenahealth as a VITL Preferred EHR Partner.

VITL’s recognition of athenahealth as a Preferred EHR Partner means athenahealth successfully demonstrated the ability to share clinical data via the Vermont Health Information Exchange. athenahealth’s web-based EHR service, athenaClinicalsSM, is distinctly different from legacy software models that require significant upfront investments in software, hardware, and training. Because the technology, service, and intelligence are delivered over the Internet, the platform is continually updated. This means physicians do not have to make subsequent investments for new iterations of the offering. athenahealth was able to showcase the benefit it can provide to physicians through enabling effective communication with other providers in the healthcare industry while making improvements to their bottom line.

“As the value of EHRs continues to be made clear, it’s important to enable the meaningful exchange of patient information in more rural communities where there is real physical distance between care providers, specialists, and hospitals. Our Internet-based national network levels the playing field and affords the solo doctor in Newbury, Vermont, the same access to clinical knowledge and information that a large physician practice in New York City might have,” said Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth. “Within the state of Vermont, athenahealth is supporting the creation of a health care provider network that will help introduce efficiencies into the care delivery system. We are excited to be working along with VITL, in a state like Vermont that is lauded for its delivery of care, to help further drive the implementation of EHRs.”

The efforts of VITL are being coordinated with other state and federal initiatives, including the National Health Information Network (NHIN) of the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the national eHealth Initiative, and the Vermont Blueprint for Health. VITL’s work helps to facilitate communication among Vermont’s health information technology experts and creates the foundation for future health information technology collaboration.

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About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the anticipated benefits of athenahealth’s service offerings and the creation and anticipated benefits of associated care provider networks. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our service offerings will not operate in the manner that we expect, due to design flaws, security breaches, or otherwise; potential interruptions or delays in our internet-based service offerings; our reliance upon third parties, such as computer hardware, software, data-hosting, and internet infrastructure providers, which reliance may result in failures or disruptions in our service offerings; errors or omissions included in our payer and clinical intelligence rules engine and database; and the evolving and complex government regulatory compliance environment in which we and our clients operate. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. athenahealth undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by athenahealth, please see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on the Investors section of our website at http://www.athenahealth.com and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.



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