Handshake After the deal closes,Athenahealth will be combined with Virence Health, Veritas'shealth-care services company. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Private-equity firm Veritas Capital and Elliott Management Corp.will acquire Athenahealth Inc. for $135 per share, ending amonths-long, sometimes-contentious process to push the healthrecords company into a sale.

The all-cash transaction values Athenahealth at about $5.7billion, the firms said in a statement announcing the transactionMonday. The price is a 12 percent premium to where the sharesclosed on Friday.

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