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Athenahealth CEO: Metamorphosis is hard and good for us

Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush sounded an upbeat tone about the company's efforts to address activist shareholder demands for more financial discipline from the medical records and billing software company, thanking them for "constructive feedback" during the company's second-quarter earnings conference call Friday.

"Metamorphosis is hard and I have been doing a lot of thinking about metamorphosis," Bush told analysts on the call, adding that the company is now focused on an "intense crisis level of reconstruction."

"We also have a new orientation towards the assets and financial performance of the company learning to think about cash flow as well as growth. This stuff is good for us. It is hard and it is exciting," he...