ORLANDO, Fla. & WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that the Central Florida Health Information Technology Initiative (CFHITI), has selected athenahealth as a preferred EHR solution partner. Created via a collaborative partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization (CFRHIO), the CFHITI will enable more than 1,400 physicians across central Florida to take advantage of the benefits that technology and cloud-based EHRs can bring to their practices. Doctors across central Florida will also be able to take advantage of athenahealth’s previously announced federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program that ensures eligible providers meet EHR certification requirements for Meaningful Use and maximize their ability to receive 2011 reimbursement funds authorized by the HITECH Act.

“CFHITI undertook a rigorous evaluation process of over thirty different EHR systems in order to identify preferred vendors. Achievement of CFHITI’s preferred vendor status signifies that the system has all the features and components necessary for practices to achieve Meaningful Use and that the company has agreed to the highest levels of service and support to provide best pricing to regional extension center members” stated Karen van Caulil, Ph.D., Executive Director of CFHITI.

athenahealth’s EHR, athenaClinicals®, is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

“We are excited to partner with the UCF and CFRHIO as they look to assist doctors across Central Florida with the implementation of a digitized practice, a feat that would prove daunting without the right support mechanisms in place—especially as providers seek incentive dollars through the HITECH Act. The opportunity to further increase our presence in Central Florida and to work with yet another REC is a testament to athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR service and its ability to serve as a more practical and cost-effective way to help physician practices improve their level of care, exchange clinical information efficiently, and more easily realize government incentives,” said Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth.

athenahealth recently extended the timeframe in which doctors can qualify for its federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program that assures that the company’s web-based services will help eligible doctors across the nation meet EHR certification requirements for achieving Meaningful Use and thereby qualify for reimbursement funds authorized by the HITECH Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally announced the final definition of Meaningful Use on July 13, 2010. With this deadline extension, physicians will now have until June 30, 2011, to participate in the program. Please visit www.athenahealth.com/bonus to learn more about athenahealth’s EHR and the company’s federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program.

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About Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization

CFHITI, the University of Central Florida’s Regional Extension Center, is serving physician practices in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia counties. For more information on CFHITI, please visit www.ucf-rec.org or call (407) 882-0727.

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 and potential for meaningful use of athenahealth’s service offerings and the nature of prospective markets for those offerings. 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.