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South Jersey Healthcare Offers Sage Intergy EHR Electronic Health Records System to Community Physicians Through EHR Grant Program
Date:1/19/2009

Goal is to increase physician EHR adoption, interoperability with hospital systems for health information exchange

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- South Jersey Healthcare (SJH), an integrated healthcare system offering hospital services, ambulatory care services and home healthcare services to the residents of Southern New Jersey, has chosen Sage Intergy EHR electronic health records system to offer to physicians through eHealth Connection, SJH's EHR Grant Program.

"We've made a substantial investment in our hospital systems, implementing a clinical information system as well as hospital information systems. The hospital electronic medical records project is slated to begin later this year," said Tom Pacek, Chief Information Officer for SJH. "Our boards and administration feel strongly that to fully realize the efficiencies of these systems, our community-based physicians must adopt appropriate systems, too. Through our eHealth Connection, we will subsidize the cost of the electronic health records system and interfaces to our hospital clinical information system and HIE."

Mr. Pacek continued, "Our goal is to develop a health information exchange, or HIE, in our region, using interaction between our hospitals, other facilities, and community physicians as the catalyst."

According to Mr. Pacek, the eHealth Connection program will subsidize 85% of Sage Intergy EHR licensing fees for physicians on the SJH medical staff. It will also subsidize the cost to implement interfaces which will allow the practices to receive and send clinical information, lab orders and reports, and more, as discrete, mineable data for quality and outcomes analysis.

"Sage Intergy EHR was chosen for the program after a lengthy, in-depth search process," noted Mr. Pacek. "There were several key factors in the decision, including the integrated Sage Intergy practice management system, the Sage Practice Analytics business intelligence package for data analysis and reporting, and the company's extensive experience creating interoperability with hospital systems."

The system will be available either as an ASP system, with the hospital hosting the system, or as an onsite, client-server system.

"Since the relaxation of Stark regulations, more hospital systems are offering electronic health records to their community-based physicians," said Sharon L. Howard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Sage. "These visionaries, like SJH, are moving our country's healthcare agenda forward toward a more quality-focused, evidence-based system of care."

Physicians in the SJH system can find out more about the eHealth Connection EHR Grant Program by visiting http://www.sjhealthcare.net and clicking on the EHR Grant Program quick link.

About South Jersey Healthcare (SJH)

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated healthcare system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents. Please visit www.sjhealthcare.net to learn more.

About Sage Software Healthcare, Inc.

Sage Software Healthcare, Inc., provides integrated electronic health records, EDI applications and practice management systems to thousands of ambulatory care practices throughout North America. These systems enable physicians and practice managers to better manage their practices and improve profitability. Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. is based in Tampa, Fla., and is a division of Sage North America. For more information, please visit www.sagehealth.com or call (877) 932-6301.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. At Sage, we live and breathe business every day. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their ambitions. Our range of business software and services is continually evolving as we innovate to answer our customers' needs. Our solutions support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage North America employs approximately 4,800 people and supports nearly 2.9 million small and medium-size business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 14,500 people and supports 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com or call 866-308-2378.

(C) 2008 Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, Sage Software, Sage logos and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contacts:

    Lynne Durham
    Sage
    269-277-3645
    lynne.durham@sage.com

    Jan Shulman
    Amendola Communications
    480-664-8412 ext. 12
    jshulman@acmarketingpr.com


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