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October 04, 2010 10:53 ET

Sage Healthcare to Offer Agfa HealthCare's Picture Archiving and Communication System

A Shared Commitment to Delivering Comprehensive Imaging Informatics Solutions to the Spectrum of the Healthcare Community

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) - Sage North America today announced that its Healthcare Division, which provides electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software and services to approximately 80,000 physicians in North America, has teamed with Agfa HealthCare to offer a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) for radiology and orthopedic practices.

Sage will serve as the reseller for the Agfa HealthCare PACS and Computed Radiology (CR) solutions, enhancing Sage's product portfolio that includes practice management, EHR and clinical and business intelligence. Sage will offer installation of the PACS software, along with user support and training. Additionally, through this new relationship, Agfa HealthCare will refer ambulatory clients who seek practice management software and EHRs to Sage.

"Agfa HealthCare has a long-standing reputation as an innovating provider of advanced imaging systems," said Betty Otter-Nickerson, President of Sage Healthcare Division. "As one of the pioneering developers of PACS, Agfa is a marquee name in the industry. Sage looks forward to this relationship as an opportunity to add even greater value to our clients in the radiology and orthopedic space."

Agfa HealthCare imaging systems capture, process and manage diagnostic images from a multitude of sources within and beyond the healthcare enterprise, integrating these into a variety of workflows and systems. These systems are designed to bring vital information to medical practitioners regardless of their location. Agfa HealthCare's solutions serve a wide range of medical specialties and departments including radiology, cardiology, orthopedics, women's care and intensive care units.

"We are extremely pleased to join Sage in this strategic alliance. This agreement confirms our shared commitment to deliver comprehensive imaging informatics solutions to healthcare customers," said Michael Green, President, Agfa HealthCare North America.

Prior to this new relationship, Agfa HealthCare's primary footprint was in the hospital market. The opportunity allows Agfa HealthCare to broaden its presence in the ambulatory market where Sage is primarily focused, while giving Sage the flexibility to offer PACS solutions to the radiology and orthopedic markets.

Sage's flagship healthcare offering, Sage Intergy, provides an integrated clinical, financial and administrative solution over a single database with cross-functionality, consolidated reporting and efficient system maintenance. Sage Intergy data is patient-centric and can be shared or isolated across practices and locations, allowing secure access from anywhere to providers and staff. Patients have access to their clinical record and a range of web-based services from the Sage Intergy Practice Portal.

Sage Intergy features a full complement of integrated clinical and financial EDI services, including claims, remittance, eligibility verification, e-prescriptions and lab results. With advanced features for connecting stakeholders across the care community, Sage offers full interoperability, as well as functionality needed to support eligible professionals in qualifying for meaningful use as part of the ARRA/HITECH healthcare technology incentives.

Sage Intergy EHR is fully compatible with the Agfa HealthCare PACs solution, and allows for the viewing of patient images through the EHR.

Sage has provided healthcare software solutions to streamline patient care for nearly 30 years, and is a leading supplier of business management software and services, serving more than 6.2 million small and midsized business customers worldwide.

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About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990s. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2009 were 1,178 million euro. For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit www.agfahealthcare.com.

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 approximately 80,000 physicians. 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 website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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