athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record ( EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today applauded Fast CompanyMagazine for its recognition of leaders within health care as part of its annual Most Innovative Companies List. athenahealth is ranked #8 among the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care. With seven health care companies appearing on the publication’s prestigious ‘50 List’, health care surpassed nearly every sector tracked by Fast Company, including consumer electronics, retail, finance, and energy (the ‘style’ industry claimed top honors with nine recognized companies). In addition, health care claimed two of the top ten spots—amongst the likes of Nike and Amazon—with three of the top 20 and four of the top 25. “No other industry needs innovation more, and historically has been most resistant to it, than health care. Getting that much real estate on Fast Company’s ‘50 List’ is huge progress for the industry and is proof positive that health care is catching up on the innovation front,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth. “We are honored to be included alongside these other disruptors, each one of which is doing its part to help fix a broken system. So, let’s take a moment to celebrate, even though the collective charge remains: keep the innovation wick burning, be disruptive, be meaningful, and let the overarching incentive of making health care work as it should for societal value be a motivator for ongoing excellence. ” In addition to the Top 50, Fast Company ranked The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care. A past ‘Fast 50’ winner, athenahealth is the sole health care IT company named to this list and is recognized for its pioneering cloud-based services approach to electronic medical records. Fast Company called out athenahealth’s EHR offering ( athenaClinicals®) as a “system that doctors actually like to use,” and referenced a growing industry trend wherein physician practices and medical groups are increasingly replacing traditional software EHR systems to migrate to the more nimble and service-supported cloud model. athenahealth’s commitment to breeding innovation in health care is at the core of the company’s More Disruption Please program (MDP). Launched in September 2011, MDP counts more than 1,000 members, including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, developers, academics, and others who subscribe to the belief that it will take a massive surge of disruptive innovation in health care to make the industry work as it should. Focused on stoking disruption, MDP provides resources to help accelerate the growth and scale of emerging, innovative member companies, including counsel, funding, business model and infrastructure services, networking opportunities, and select occasions to introduce value-added services to athenahealth’s nearly 40,000-provider customer base.