March 24, 2011 11:00 ET

Arkansas Regional Extension Center Selects Sage Healthcare as a Preferred Electronic Health Records Provider

Sage Among Top EHR Solution Providers in the Nation to Be Named a Preferred Vendor for RECs in the United States

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America and a major provider of electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software and services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the HITArkansas Regional Extension Center (REC) as a preferred vendor partner. Sage will make the ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to the center's thousands of participating healthcare providers throughout the state.

Sage Healthcare Division serves more than 400,000 healthcare professionals including 80,000 physicians in North America, and has been named a preferred EHR vendor for numerous other RECs including New York eHealth Collaborative, Ohio Health Information Partnership, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center, Massachusetts eHealth Institute and South Florida Regional Extension Center.

Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition is a certified meaningful use software solution that empowers physicians to advance the quality and efficiency of care they deliver. The Sage Intergy family of products includes electronic health records, practice management and a Web-based portal for online patient engagement. Providers can access Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition from multiple practice or remote locations, or as a Sage-hosted solution on a monthly subscription basis.

"Sage is delighted to formalize our relationship with HITArkansas as a preferred vendor, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with their provider members," said Ken Ernsting, vice president of business development at Sage Healthcare Division. "Within Sage, we have created the infrastructure to support Regional Extension Centers and the activities associated with the meaningful use of electronic health records. We believe partnering with RECs across the country demonstrates the Sage commitment to enabling physician-focused, physician-centric quality care outcomes."

"We at HITArkansas are excited to begin working with Sage to offer a popular EHR system to our state's health care providers," said Ray Hanley, President and CEO of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). "We are pleased to allow providers the opportunity to choose from multiple preferred vendors, such as Sage, in order to achieve meaningful use of EHRs and, ultimately, offer faster, more efficient health care to patients throughout Arkansas."

Sage Healthcare Division is currently a preferred vendor partner of more than 20 RECs, placing it among the top vendors in the United States to be named a preferred vendor by regional extension centers awarding the distinction.

About HITArkansas
HITArkansas (, a division of AFMC (, works in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to provide training, support, technical assistance, outreach and collaboration to health care providers across the state as they work to achieve meaningful use of EHRs. AFMC was incorporated in 1972 as a private, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the clinical evaluation and improvement of health care in Arkansas and throughout the country.

About Sage Healthcare Division
Sage Healthcare Division provides integrated electronic health records, EDI applications and practice management systems to approximately 80,000 physicians and thousands of ambulatory care practices throughout North America. These systems enable physicians and practice managers to better manage their practices and improve quality of care. Sage Healthcare Division is based in Tampa, Fla., and is a division of Sage North America. For more information, please visit or call (877) 932-6301. Follow Sage Healthcare Division on Facebook,, and Twitter,!/sagehealthcare.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.2 million small and midsized business customers including approximately 80,000 physicians. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.3 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at Follow Sage North America on Facebook,, and Twitter,!/sagenamerica.

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