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MedQuist Agrees to Purchase Domestic Assets of Spheris
Date:2/3/2010

MT. LAUREL, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MedQuist Inc., a leading provider of medical transcription software and services, today announced that it has agreed to purchase the domestic business of Spheris Inc., a global provider of clinical documentation technology and services that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The proposed transaction will take place pursuant to Section 363 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and will be governed by a court-directed bidding process, subject to applicable regulatory, company, and court approvals.  MedQuist has entered into a "stalking horse" purchase agreement with Spheris Inc. for the company's domestic business, subject to court approval.  As part of the transaction, CBay Inc., MedQuist's majority owner, will acquire the stock of Spheris India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Spheris.

The transaction is expected to allow Spheris' customers to benefit from an industry-leading healthcare information management platform (DocQment Enterprise Platform), which serves as the foundation for MedQuist's transcription service offerings and includes workflow management, core measures reporting, structured documentation, data analytics, and key customer reporting.  In addition, Spheris' customers will be able to leverage all MedQuist solutions including SpeechQ real-time interactive speech recognition for radiology and general medicine, DocQvoice for capturing dictation, and computer-assisted coding and abstracting.  This blend of solutions drives document quality and accuracy and advances the adoption of electronic health records -- resulting in improved patient care and higher levels of efficiency.

"MedQuist is a natural partner for Spheris," commented Peter Masanotti, MedQuist CEO. "We share a common belief that superior quality in clini
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