April 16, 2007 14:47 ET

Emergis Accelerates Deployment of its Electronic Health Record Solution Across Montreal Region

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - Emergis Inc. (TSX:EME), today announced an acceleration of the multi-million dollar contract the Company signed with l'Agence de la sante et des services sociaux de Montreal (l'Agence) in late December 2006 for the deployment of its Oacis electronic health record (EHR) solution. Oacis has been purchased for six additional health authorities in the Montreal region: five health and social service centres, which can each include a hospital, community service centres (CLSCs) and residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs); and Hopital Santa Cabrini. Oacis will allow health care professionals at these hospitals and related facilities to rapidly and securely access a complete record of a patient's health history online and in real-time.

"We view this as a clear endorsement of Oacis as a market-leading electronic health record solution for hospital and regional-level deployment," said Mark Groper, Executive Vice-President responsible for Emergis' Health (Public sector business. "We are very pleased to expand our relationship with one of the nation's foremost health care delivery networks and to participate in moving care standards forward in the Montreal community. This significant expansion in the Oacis customer base is the direct result of the real value the solution provides to physicians and other clinicians."

"We are pleased that Emergis is assisting us in accelerating the deployment of Oacis in these health authorities," said David Levine, President and Director-general of l'Agence. "Oacis is already providing benefits to both physicians and patients within the region of Montreal and we are looking forward to completing its deployment across the entire Montreal region."

Under the terms of the contract, Emergis provides the professional resources required for the implementation of the system based on the needs of l'Agence. Oacis modules to be installed include: a clinical viewer, which enables clinicians to quickly access the patient's online record from any secure Internet connection; an order management capability to provide more informed decision-making, reduce medication errors and increase patient safety; and online clinical documentation modules to record clinical observations and create clinical notes, resulting in a significant reduction in handwritten information and the electronic transformation of clinical processes.

The five health and social service centres (CSSSs) involved in today's announcement are CSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Ile, CSSS de LaSalle et du Vieux Lachine, CSSS Sud Ouest Verdun, CSSS d'Ahuntsic et Montreal-Nord and the CSSS Coeur-de-l'Ile. These health authorities include Lakeshore General Hospital, LaSalle Hospital, Lachine Hospital, Verdun Hospital, Hopital Fleury, Hopital Jean-Talon as well as numerous CLSCs and CHSLDs.

In a first phase, l'Agence already authorized the deployment of Oacis at l'Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, l'Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, l'Hopital Sainte-Justine, l'Institut de cardiologie de Montreal, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital Centre.

About Oacis

Oacis is an interoperable EHR solution that addresses all aspects of patient record-keeping to support patient management as well as clinical care. An interoperable EHR solution allows clinicians from multiple health delivery institutions to view and update an integrated patient health record, which includes demographic, diagnostic imaging, drug, laboratory, infectious disease, immunization and other relevant health information anywhere, any time. It ensures that caregivers have access to complete, accurate, and up-to-date patient records across geographic regions and within multiple health care organizations, which often have different information systems. The Oacis solution supports health care professionals with collaborative tools which permit better informed decisions, driving improvements in the quality of care and patient outcomes and improved patient safety. Already installed in hospitals in Canada, the United States and Australia, Emergis expects to expand its client base in other geographic areas. Visit http://www.emergis.com/solutions/health/clinical_care/default.aspx to view a clip of the World Business Review's Health Journal Television, in which Montreal health care professionals discuss the benefits of Oacis.

About Emergis

Emergis is an IT leader in Canada that focuses on the health and financial services sectors. It develops and manages solutions that automate interactions and the secure exchange of information to increase the process efficiency and quality of service of its customers. Emergis has expertise in electronic health-related claims processing, health record systems, pharmacy management solutions, cash management and loan document processing and registration. In Canada, Emergis delivers solutions to the main insurance companies, top financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals, large corporations, real estate lawyers and notaries and 2,900 pharmacies. Its electronic health record solutions are also delivered in the U.S. and Australia. The Company's shares (TSX:EME) are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index.

Certain information in this news release, in various filings with Canadian regulators, in reports to shareholders and in other communications, is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws, and is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. This forward-looking information includes, among others, information with respect to the Company's objectives and the strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as information with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions. The words "may", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "outlook", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "target" and similar words and expressions are used to identify forward-looking information. The forward-looking information in this news release describes the Company's expectations as of April 16, 2007.

The results or events predicted in such forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. Material factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection in such forward-looking information include, among others: general economic factors, adverse industry events, the adoption rate of the Company's solutions by customers and by related electronic trading communities, its ability to deliver development and implementation projects in a timely manner, the non-renewal of major contracts which expire in the near term, complexities and timing of signing large customer contracts, customers developing internally the capability to perform the services which the Company performs on their behalf, its response to its industry's rapid pace of change, the limited time to capitalize on market opportunities, competition, pricing pressures, fluctuations in its operating results, its ability to make and integrate acquisitions, failures or material changes in its strategic relationships, exposure under contract indemnities, defects in software or failures in the processing of transactions, security and privacy breaches, its ability to attract and retain key personnel, its ability to protect its intellectual property, intellectual property infringement claims, and industry and government regulation.

Emergis cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on the Company's forward-looking information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. In making the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company does not assume any significant acquisitions, dispositions or one-time items. It does assume, however, the renewal of certain customer contracts. Every year, Emergis has major customer contracts that it needs to renew. One of these represents slightly more than 10% of its annual revenue. In addition, the Company also assumes the signature of contracts in new markets in the public health sector. In this regard, Emergis is pursuing large opportunities that present a very long and complex sales cycle, which substantially affect the Company's forecasting abilities. The Company has made certain assumptions regarding the timing of the realization of these opportunities which it thinks is reasonable but which may not be achieved. Furthermore, the pursuit of these larger opportunities does not ensure a linear progression of the Company's revenue and earnings, since they may involve significant up-front fees followed by reduced ongoing payments. The Company has assumed a certain progression, which may not be realized. It has also assumed that the material factors referred to in the previous paragraph will not result in such forward-looking information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, refer to the risks and uncertainties section of the Company's 2006 MD&A and to its 2006 Annual Information Form (risks and uncertainties) filed with Canadian regulators.


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