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September 10, 2010 11:58 ET

Sage a Preferred Vendor of Massachusetts eHealth Institute

Regional Extension Center Vendor Partnerships Will Increase Quality of Care and Improve Public Health

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - September 10, 2010) -  Sage North America today announced that the Sage Healthcare Division, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software, has been named a preferred vendor by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute to make available the Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition to all of the institute's thousands of participating healthcare providers.

Massachusetts eHealth Institute is part of an extensive network of 60 Regional Extension Centers (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. Massachusetts eHealth Institute performed an exhaustive analysis of vendors in the HIT landscape prior to recommending solutions to its physician base.

"We are pleased to have Sage join our select list of certified health IT companies that will help thousands of health care providers across Massachusetts successfully transition to electronic health records," said Rick Shoup, Ph.D., Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute. "Widespread deployment of electronic health records leads to better quality care for patients, reduces health care costs and spurs new jobs in the health care industry."

Sage Intergy line of products and services met Massachusetts eHealth Institute's standards for quality. By implementing a fully automated EHR such as Sage Intergy, providers will be better able to achieve meaningful use.

Through the partnership, Sage will support Massachusetts eHealth Institute's goal to increase quality of care and improve public health.

"Being named a preferred vendor by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute means Sage will continue to provide physicians within the state with IT solutions and support as they move toward meaningful use and into the new healthcare economy," said Ken Ernsting, Vice President of Business Development for Sage Healthcare Division. "We're proud to serve medical professionals in Massachusetts, and aligning with this leading health organization."

Clinics eligible to utilize Massachusetts eHealth Institute's subsidized services include Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCP) 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 Massachusetts eHealth Institute
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is the state-designated entity for health care innovation, technology and competitiveness. Established by Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature in Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008, MeHI is responsible for advancing the dissemination of health information across the Commonwealth, including the deployment of EHR systems in all healthcare provider settings that are networked through a statewide HIE. For more information on MeHI, go to www.maehi.org

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 www.sagehealth.com 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 www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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