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Provista Awards Agreement to Spheris
Date:11/20/2007

Spheris to be the First Provider of Clinical Documentation Technology,

Services to Provista

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Spheris has been selected as the first awarded supplier of medical transcription technology and services by Provista, one of the nation's leading group purchasing organizations. Under the parties' agreement, Spheris will provide Provista customers with a full range of clinical documentation technologies in addition to industry-leading outsource services.

"We're excited about our relationship with Spheris and to be able to offer our customers quality medical transcription technology and services from one of the clear leaders in the industry," said Russell Hall, vice president of operations for Provista.

Provista serves more than 10,000 health care and education organizations nationwide, providing solutions to help its customers improve financial performance.

With a global network of 5,500 medical language specialists providing 24- hour service, 365 days a year, Spheris believes its blended approach of service and technology is unique in the clinical documentation industry. Spheris offers a comprehensive, customizable platform for clinical documentation technologies that is available as a stand-alone solution or can be combined with either full or partial outsourcing.

The agreement allows Provista customers to receive preferred pricing on the Spheris Clarity(TM) platform for clinical documentation. Spheris Clarity is a fully integrated suite of applications that is designed to meet the diverse needs of physicians and departments across a health system enterprise. By enabling users to work on the same platform, Spheris Clarity improves the accessibility, interoperability, efficiency and productivity of the clinical documentation process.

"This partnership agreement will allow Provista customers not only to benefit from Spheris' unique Follow the Sun(SM) service and technology offering and competitive pricing, but will also expedite the sales and implementation processes," said Alan Whorton, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Spheris.

About Spheris

Spheris is a leading global outsource provider of clinical documentation technology and services to more than 500 health systems, hospitals and group practices throughout the U.S. Spheris offers a highly advanced, Web-based technology platform, available as an independent solution to support in-house departments or blended with Spheris' outsource services. Spheris employs approximately 5,500 skilled medical language specialists supporting the company's clients through a secure network. Using a Follow the Sun(SM) service strategy, customer support is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with an emphasis on verifiable quality, turnaround time and pricing. Spheris' corporate headquarters is located in Franklin, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.spheris.com.

About Provista

Provista is an Irving, Texas-based multi-industry group purchasing organization (GPO) serving more than 10,000 health care and higher education organizations across the nation. Provista is jointly owned by VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances. Additional information about Provista is available online at http://www.provistaco.com.


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