December 21, 2010 10:49 ET

Sage a Preferred Vendor of Colorado Regional Extension Center

Sage Meaningful Use Edition Helps Physicians Meet Their Practice's Goals as They Navigate the New and Continually Evolving Healthcare Economy

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America, announced today it has been named a preferred vendor by Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC). Sage will make the ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to the extension center's thousands of participating healthcare providers throughout the state.

Sage Healthcare Division is a major provider of electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software and solutions, serving approximately 80,000 physicians in North America, and has been named a preferred EHR vendor of numerous RECs including New York eHealth Collaborative, Ohio Health Information Partnership, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center, South Florida Regional Extension Center and Massachusetts eHealth Institute.

CO-REC was formed to assist healthcare providers adopt EHRs and achieve meaningful use. The Office of the National Coordinator tasked RECs with helping physicians adopt EHR systems and qualify for the financial incentives that come with achieving meaningful use standards.

CO-REC is an initiative of six organizations led by the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). As a preferred CO-REC vendor, Sage products met a series of rigorous technical and cost criteria during the REC's selection process. CO-REC also incorporated federal standards into the selection process and went beyond them to develop requirements specifically focused on Colorado providers' needs.

According to CO-REC, two-thirds of Colorado physicians have not yet installed or begun using EHRs in their practices.

"Sage continues to align with physicians as they adopt EHRs, and we support the mission of the RECs throughout the country in their efforts to help physicians do so," said Ken Ernsting, Vice President of Business Development for Sage Healthcare Division. "Sage's commitment to Colorado physicians is re-affirmed through this partnership with CO-REC as we work along side physicians to meet their practice's goals as they navigate the new and continually evolving healthcare economy."

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

Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition easily tracks the details of a patient's clinical history, shares and manages clinical information and combines complex medical practice functions into easy-to-navigate menus. Sage Intergy features centralized financial operations including billing, reporting, task management, and fully integrates with EDI services, Sage Intergy Practice Portal, Sage Intergy RIS and Sage Practice Analytics.

The Colorado REC will partner with physicians and practices to provide them subsidies, tools, services and EHR guidance. Providers may seek REC assistance for free. The REC is part of an extensive network of more than 60 RECS across North America that serves as a neutral source for EHR and health information technology (HIT) as providers seek to navigate EHR options and select vendors that meet meaningful use requirements.

Clinics eligible to utilize CO-REC's subsidized services include Priority Primary Care Providers in the area of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general internal or pediatric medicine. In addition, practices must be either individual or a small group practices (defined as 10 or fewer professionals with prescriptive privileges in the practice) primarily focused on primary care; public and critical access hospitals; and community health centers and rural health clinics.

About Colorado Regional Extension Center
As the state-designated entity for health information exchange, CORHIO collaborates with healthcare stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health organizations, long-term care providers, laboratories, health plans and patients to develop secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CO-REC, a CORHIO initiative with six other organizations, assists primary care providers adopt, implement and becoming meaningful users of electronic health record systems. CORHIO is a not-for-profit supported by grants from The Colorado Health Foundation and from federal ARRA HITECH funds. For more information about CORHIO, please visit

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 profitability. 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.

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 3.1 million small and midsized business customers, including medical practices in the United States. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at

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