TELUS Health to become Canada's largest electronic medical record provider
With the addition of PS Suite EMR from MD Practice Software LP, TELUS Health
will be positioned to unleash the full potential of EMRs in Canada with
national footprint, expanded reach and connectivity across the healthcare
MONTRÉAL, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Strengthening its commitment to provide the
best healthcare information technology solutions in Canada, TELUS Health
announced today its offer to acquire the electronic medical record (EMR)
business operated by MD Practice Software LP, a member of the MD Physician
Services Group and a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. Financial
terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Closing of the transaction is
scheduled for March 4, 2013.
With the acquisition of Ontario's largest EMR provider, TELUS Health will
further expand its reach in the first line of care, now providing EMR
solutions to 9,000 Canadian physicians across the country, and impacting more
than 25 million patient interactions each year. TELUS Health currently
provides solutions to all major stakeholders in the health system, including
hospitals, pharmacies, and extended healthcare providers such as
physiotherapists and chiropractors.
"TELUS Health firmly believes that by securely connecting physicians to the
broader healthcare continuum and facilitating confidential interactions
between the patient and their full care teams, we will further realize our
vision of turning information into better health outcomes," said Paul Lepage,
President, TELUS Health. "This acquisition is part of TELUS Health's future
vision for next generation EMR, which enables us to examine best practices,
drive efficiencies and reduce care gaps throughout the healthcare system,
resulting in strengthened primary care access for Canadians."
More than 10 years ago, TELUS made the decision to use its world-class
technology and innovation to address the unprecedented challenges facing the
Canadian healthcare system. To support this, TELUS has invested more than $1
billion over the past five years, including the acquisitions of EMR providers
Wolf Medical Systems in Western Canada and KinLogix in Quebec. The combined
strength of these acquisitions, coupled with organic growth, positions TELUS
Health as the leading EMR provider in Canada.
"We are proud of the support we have provided physicians and our involvement
in the evolution of EMR platforms, assisting in fundamentally changing the
nature of healthcare," said Mike Gassewitz, President, MD Practice Software
LP. "As the business evolves and focus shifts to connectivity of systems and
the continual improvement of outcomes, this is the right time to transition
EMR clients to a leading IT company which shares our vision and has the
standing and resources to implement a national best-in-class EMR offering
which delivers inter-operability."
Electronic medical records have evolved significantly from their original
purpose of increasing physician efficiency by moving from paper records to
electronic formats. Today's EMR's have the potential to seamlessly connect
physicians with patients and other health care providers and have become an
important tool for physicians to improve health outcomes for patients.
"The most important concern for physicians is to provide the highest quality
health care to their patients," said Dr. Anna Reid, President of the Canadian
Medical Association. "Electronic medical records that connect front line
physicians with health care teams are an important tool in delivering
About TELUS Health
TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health
records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. TELUS
Health solutions give health authorities, providers, physicians, patients and
consumers the power to turn information into better health outcomes. For more
information about TELUS Health, please visit telushealth.com.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1million
customer connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers,
3.4million wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers
and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren
Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and
services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television,
entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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