athenahealth Earns Top "Best in KLAS" Recognition for its Cloud-Based Services, Ranking as #1 Overall Software Vendor, and #1

athenahealth Earns Top "Best in KLAS" Recognition for its Cloud-Based
Services, Ranking as #1 Overall Software Vendor, and #1 Overall Physician
Practice Vendor

 Best in KLAS Rankings Reflect Opinions of Thousands of Health Care Providers
                                 Across U.S.

athenahealth Displaces Former Top Overall Software Vendor of Past Eight Years

WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth,
Inc.(Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, today
announced that it has earned five Best in KLAS rankings within the "2013 Best
in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" annual report^i. As rated by thousands of
health care providers across the U.S., athenahealth is now rated #1 in the
following categories:

  *2013 Best in KLAS Overall Software Vendor
  *2013 Best in KLAS Overall Physician Practice Vendor
  *2013 Best in KLAS Practice Management Service, athenaCollector®, for the
    1-10 and 11-75 physician segments
  *2013 Best in KLAS Patient Portal, athenaCommunicator®

"We are thrilled to be receiving five Best in KLAS awards, but are especially
pleased with our Best in KLAS Overall Vendor award which recognizes the
combined strength of all our services. Clearly, the tide is changing in health
care. The old guard of HIT leaders is finally being displaced by more nimble,
innovative models designed for health care's future – not for its past," said
Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth. "At athenahealth, we are
connecting a national network of care from which information can move
seamlessly across care settings to follow the patient. Through a combination
of our cloud-based platform and our continually evolving set of services,
we're supporting physician practices and large health care enterprises to
thrive under any scenario."

The annual KLAS report is based on feedback from thousands of health care
providers. It delivers insight as to how health care IT vendors across
multiple categories are performing for their clients and against one another.
The Overall Physician Practice Vendor award recognizes athenahealth as the HIT
vendor with the highest average score for its Ambulatory EMR
(athenaClinicals®) and Practice Management service (athenaCollector) across
all segments. The Overall Software Vendor award recognizes athenahealth for
having the highest average score across three products—athenaClinicals,
athenaCollector, and athenaCommunicator, its patient portal and communication
service. athenaClinicals, the most usable ambulatory EMR system, as rated by
health care providers in the 2013 KLAS report on Ambulatory EMR Usability,
ranked second in the ambulatory EMR category for the 1-10 and 11-75 physician

"Our philosophy is to partner with our clients, and to take on work that we
can execute on more efficiently at scale," adds Bush. "We build the pipes and
handle the logistics for care coordination and population health; we guarantee
and deliver on Meaningful Use and ICD-10; we get claims paid and wrangle with
payers; we foster meaningful patient engagement. It is an honor to be seen in
the eyes of health care providers as #1 at what we do, and we look forward to
continuing to earn our top position in the eyes of our most important critics,
our customers."

"We listened to the providers, and these are the results," said Adam Gale, CEO
and president of KLAS Research. "This report isn't about KLAS. It is a
reflection of thousands of providers who wanted to be heard and counted. That
is the reason top-performing vendors should be proud of their achievements."

The scalability of the cloud and athenahealth's unique five-stage workflow
methodology helps more than 47,000 providers thrive in the face of industry
change and pressure. In 2012, athenahealth led the industry in Meaningful Use
attestation, with 96 percent of participating providers attesting to Stage 1
during the year. Today, 100 percent of athenaClinicals users are on a 2014
Certified Complete EHR, and, to support clients' transition to ICD-10,
athenahealth has guaranteed a smooth transition or clients don't have to pay.
See more detail on the ICD-10 guarantee here:

For more information on athenahealth's Best in KLAS suite of services, please

About athenahealth, Inc.

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination.
athenahealth's mission is to be caregivers' most trusted service, helping them
do well doing the right thing. For more information, please visit

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by
enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of
healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software,
services, medical equipment and infrastructure systems to deliver timely
reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents
the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance.
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^i "2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services," January, 2014. © 2014 KLAS
Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

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