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Contract Renewal Extends Thomson Healthcare's Long-Standing Relationship with University Hospitals

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), the nation's largest association of university hospitals and health systems, has signed a new five-year agreement with Thomson Healthcare (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) for its comparative database and benchmarking tool, ACTION-OI(R).

Financial and clinical outcomes data from ACTION-OI are used in UHC's Operational Data Base, which allows UHC members to evaluate their performance, compare it to other organizations, and pinpoint opportunities to control costs and improve quality. Currently, 92 UHC organizations participate in their Operational Data Base program.

"ACTION-OI has provided our members tremendous value," said Cindy White, vice president of operations for UHC. "We are eager to continue our long- standing and productive working relationship with Thomson Healthcare and to provide continued value-added support to the UHC membership."

The new contract builds on a 10-year relationship between the two organizations and provides product continuity for UHC members.

"UHC comprises the nation's most prestigious academic medical centers, and we are pleased to continue the strong working relationship of our two organizations," said Anna Clark, national accounts executive at Thomson Healthcare. "We are proud to support their tireless efforts to consistently and effectively deliver the highest quality care."

About The University HealthSystem Consortium

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of 97 academic medical centers and 153 of their affiliated hospitals representing nearly 90% of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational and patient safety performance. The mission of the University HealthSystem Consortium is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed in their respective markets.

About Thomson Healthcare

Thomson Healthcare is the leading provider of decision support solutions that help organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance. Thomson Healthcare products and services help clinicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies manage the cost and improve the quality of healthcare.

Thomson Healthcare is a part of The Thomson Corporation, a provider of value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of healthcare, law, tax, accounting, scientific research, and financial services. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). For more information, visit (

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