WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records ( EHR), practice management, and care coordination announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Bush, has been named "CEO of the Year" by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC). The MassTLC Awards is the Commonwealth's most prestigious technology awards program, dubbed the "Academy Awards" of the state's Technology sector. Bush co-founded athenahealth in 1997 with Todd Park and has served on its board of directors since its inception. In 2007, he launched a successful IPO, taking the company public. Under his direction, athenahealth has grown into a leader in the health care information technology industry. The company's cloud-based services have been frequently recognized by health care technology research firms as being at or among the best in the industry. "I am honored to be recognized by the Mass Technology Leadership Council as their CEO of the Year," said Bush. "I owe this honor, though, to the near 3,000 teachers and learners who work for athenahealth, most of them here in Massachusetts, who are on a mission where the team and the cause are more important than personal accomplishments. We are working to make health care work as it should, an important and inspiring job." The MassTLC Awards program draws top executives and teams from companies throughout the Commonwealth. This year's award winners were announced at MassTLC's 16th annual Awards Gala held September 12 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. "We are honored to present Jonathan Bush with the 2013 CEO of the Year award," said Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO of MassTLC. "Bush's leadership is an outstanding example of what it takes to keep the Commonwealth's tech sector growing and thriving. It's our pleasure to recognize and encourage such excellence. Congratulations to Jonathan and the strong team at athenahealth behind his success."