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Connecticut IPA Selects athenahealth's EHR, Practice Management, and Patient Portal as One of The Preferred Vendor Offerings to Advance Clinical Integration and Care Coordination

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WATERTOWN, Mass. and NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc.(Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHRs), practice management, and care coordination, and the New Haven Community Medical Group (NHCMG), one of the largest independent physician associations (IPA) in Connecticut, today announced that NHCMG has selected athenahealth as one of its preferred health information technology (HIT) vendors. NHCMG endorses the company's athenaOne suite, which includes EHR, practice management, and patient communication services, for its approximately 600-member provider network as one of its preferred vendor offerings. athenahealth's services will be used to support the organization's continued work to improve care, efficiency, and coordination.

Created in 2003, NHCMG is an organization of independent community medical groups and physicians committed to the highest standards of patient care.

"NHCMG supports all of its members' choices in EHRs and we believe athenahealth's cloud-based services provide an option for our members that supports and advances our clinical integration strategy. This well help our primary care and specialist physicians coordinate care both inside and outside the hospital," said Dr. Joseph Quaranta, president of NHCMG. "Choosing a set of solutions that are proven, well respected, and can advance care coordination was a top priority. We're focused on the triple aim of patient focused, high quality, and cost efficient care. We endorsed athenahealth's cloud-based suite of services because they're highly rated by our peers, and affordable for practices seeking the full suite of services athenahealth offers. We are confident that our providers who choose athenahealth will keep up with the demands of health care today and into the future."

NHCMG is currently engaged in multiple value-based reimbursement contracts covering almost 100,000 lives. In order to serve these quality contracts, NHCMG is strategically working to have all of its practices adopt an EHR. athenahealth's services will enable this effort, giving NHCMG members the ability to easily send referrals and clinical documents between practices.

"We are thrilled to work with NHCMG to advance connectivity and care coordination in the New Haven community," said Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth. "Working with NHCMG, we are building a bridge between hospital on-premise software and our cloud-based network, proving that clinical integration and care coordination across disparate systems is possible and not difficult to enable. We look forward to continuing to advance coordination across care teams throughout regions and across the U.S. by building out exchange channels that will enable information to flow seamlessly from one care setting to another."

athenahealth consistently receives accolades for its services, most recently receiving five Best in KLAS rankings within the "2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" annual reporti, including #1 Best in KLAS Overall Software Vendor and #1 Overall Physician Practice Vendor.

For more information on athenahealth's Best in KLAS suite of services, please visit www.athenahealth.com. For more information on NHCMG, please visit www.nhcmg.org.

About athenahealth, Inc.

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHRs), 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 www.athenahealth.com.

About NHCMG

NHCMG is an organization of community medical groups and physicians committed to the highest standards of patient care. It uses advanced information systems and evidence based medicine to deliver the most appropriate care. For more information on NHCMG, please visit www.nhcmg.org.

i "2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services," January, 2014. © 2014 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com.

CONTACT: Holly Spring / Jillian Palash athenahealth, Inc. (Media) media@athenahealth.com 617-402-1631 / 617-402-6509 Dana Quattrochi athenahealth, Inc. (Investors) investorrelations@athenahealth.com 617-402-1329 Sujata Agarwal NHCMG, Director of Operations sagarwal@nhcmg.org 888-304-1054

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