TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America and a major provider of electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software and services, announced today that it is collaborating with the Medical Society of Virginia to participate in a new program called Health Information Technology Select.

Medical Society of Virginia's EHR vendor program is the latest initiative in its effort to help Virginia's physicians navigate the maze of health information technology offerings on the market as physicians strive to meet federal reform and meaningful use requirements. According to the Medical Society of Virginia, the organization is committed to developing tools and educational opportunities that will help physicians identify health information technology strategies as they consider EHR solutions for their practices. 

To participate in HIT Select, Sage Healthcare Division passed a stringent vetting process and agreed to adhere to competitive contract guidelines developed by the Medical Society of Virginia on behalf of its members, including:

  • Discounted pricing for all medical society members who purchase a system through Medical Society of Virginia HIT Select
  • A guarantee to maintain federal EHR certification and conform to federal and state requirements for meaningful use
  • Any system changes mandated by the government are included at no extra charge
  • Data and source code protections
  • Additional provider licenses will be issued under the same preferred terms should a practice expand
  • Unlimited upgrades and new releases at no additional cost 

"We know physicians encounter many challenges in the EHR implementation process," said Rufus Phillips, Medical Society of Virginia executive vice president. "In developing this program we were committed to offering our members reliable, tested and competitive EHR vendors with whom they can work. We are pleased to partner with Sage on this important initiative."

The program also includes dedicated Medical Society of Virginia staff support that can assist in any troubleshooting during the selection process, as a point of contact for physicians.

"Sage continues to seek opportunities to help physicians become more efficient and provide the highest level of care possible, and collaborating with the Medical Society of Virginia supports that goal," said Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Healthcare Division. "With the continuous changes faced by physicians, Sage remains committed to being physician focused and patient centric, and we strive to align with organizations that will help physicians meet their personal and professional goals."

Sage Healthcare Division is a major provider of electronic health records and practice management software and solutions, serving approximately 400,000 healthcare professionals including 80,000 physicians throughout the United States. Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition is a certified, comprehensive clinical, financial and administrative solution that empowers physicians to advance the quality and efficiency of care they deliver.

Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition includes integrated electronic health records, practice management solutions, clinical and business intelligence and a Web-based portal for online patient engagement. Providers can access Sage Intergy EHR from multiple practice locations, from home or other remote locations either through a central patient database server, or as a Sage-hosted solution on a monthly subscription basis.

Sage Healthcare Division's electronic health record and reporting tool is one of the most robust systems on the market and features centralized financial operations including billing, reporting, task management, and fully integrates with EDI services, Sage Intergy Practice Portal, Sage Intergy RIS and Sage Practice Analytics.

For more information about the Medical Society of Virginia's HIT Select program, visit www.msv.org/HITSelect.

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About the Medical Society of Virginia
The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is the professional association for physicians in the commonwealth. Dedicated to supporting physicians in the practice of medicine and improving patient care, MSV advocates on their behalf to ensure physician influence on health care legislation and policy improvements and provides a variety of educational and support activities that assist physicians in the practice of medicine. More information can be found at www.msv.org.

About Sage Healthcare Division
Sage Healthcare Division provides integrated electronic health records, EDI applications and practice management systems to approximately 80,000 physicians and thousands of ambulatory care practices throughout North America. These systems enable physicians and practice managers to better manage their practices and improve quality of care. Sage Healthcare Division 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. Follow Sage Healthcare Division on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SageHealthcare, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/sagehealthcare.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.2 million small and midsized business customers including approximately 80,000 physicians. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.3 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/sagenamerica.

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