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Thomson Healthcare Endorsed as Preferred Vendor of Information Products and Services for Virginia Hospitals

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomson Healthcare (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) have entered into an agreement that gives the association access to Thomson Healthcare's expertise and data assets to support its advocacy goals.

Under the agreement, VHHA Services will offer Virginia hospitals and health systems special pricing on Thomson Healthcare information tools and services that improve care, enhance operational performance, and reduce costs.

"After a competitive request-for-proposals, and with the unanimous recommendation of a hospital advisory group, we are very pleased to be entering into this strategic partnership with Thomson," said Chris Bailey, senior vice president of VHHA. "We found that Thomson's data assets, experience serving multiple healthcare sectors, and market-leading forecasting and benchmarking tools are best positioned to help Virginia's hospitals and health systems drive healthcare value improvement."

Under terms of the agreement, VHHA Services endorses several Thomson Healthcare information tools, including:

-- ACTION O-I(R), which delivers comparative operational and financial

information at the health system, hospital, and department level.

-- Care Discovery(TM), which provides insights into clinical performance

and supports continual quality improvement.

-- Market Expert(R), which provides local data and forecasting

intelligence to assist strategic planning tailored to a specific


-- Core Measures, which delivers accurate and timely reporting to JCAHO,

CMS, and other data aggregators.

-- Ascent(R), which offers a comprehensive approach to financial

management that addresses operational, strategic, and related

workflow processes.

"We appreciate VHHA's endorsement of Thomson Healthcare and welcome the opportunity to provide Virginia hospitals with resources to improve their performance and strategic decision making," said Terry Cameron, executive vice president of Thomson Healthcare.

In addition, VHHA Services endorses Thomson Healthcare professional services -- consultation that includes comprehensive analyses of operational, clinical, and market opportunities and results in informed strategic and tactical recommendations.

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 (

About Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of hospitals and health delivery systems that develops and advocates health care policy for the Commonwealth. Its vision is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. VHHA Services is the shared services affiliate of the Association. For more information visit (

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