TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) -  Sage Healthcare Division announced today a meaningful use guarantee for Sage's EHR Product Suite, providing physicians with the assurance they need to confidently deploy electronic health records for improved patient care and qualify for government incentives.

The Sage meaningful use guarantee assures physicians that Sage's EHR Product Suite will meet the certification criteria for Meaningful Use set by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information ("ONC"), that Sage will modify that offering as necessary to maintain compliance, and if not, will provide a credit of up to 12 months of software support.* The Sage EHR Product Suite includes Sage Intergy EHR, Sage Intergy Practice Analytics Quality Measures Edition and Sage Intergy Practice Portal.

Sage Healthcare Division specializes in integrated electronic health records, EDI applications and practice management systems for thousands of ambulatory care practices throughout the United States that enable physicians and practice managers to better manage their practices, improve profitability, and streamline patient care.

"Sage has been working with physicians for nearly 30 years and we understand the challenges they face and the passion they bring to delivering the best patient care possible," said Sage Healthcare Division President Betty Otter-Nickerson. "That experience enables us to deliver simple to use, highly functional systems that improve the daily operations of practices and improve both patient care and the practice's bottom line. The Sage Meaningful Use Guarantee continues our history of compliance and innovation that customers have expected and we've delivered."

Central to Sage's EHR Product Suite is Sage Intergy EHR, which has been recognized by industry analysts for delivering on the essential functionality needed for achieving meaningful use. In their Vendor Assessment Industry Short list of Electronic Health and Medical Records (Documents HI220502 and HI220600), IDC Health Insights independently evaluated vendors' products and financial viability, measuring how well their offerings fit market needs and how likely they were to provide a positive ownership experience. Sage Intergy EHR received high scores in both areas, with notable scores for functionality for meaningful use, reporting and decision-support functionality, integration with practice management, breadth of service and support, and customer satisfaction, among others.

*The EHR Product Suite includes Sage Intergy EHR, Sage Intergy Practice Analytics Quality Measures Edition and Sage Intergy Practice Portal. To receive EHR Product Suite updates and the credit, you must have an active support agreement and be current on your support payments.

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 more than 4,100 people and supports 3.1 million small and medium-size business customers, including medical practices supporting more than 80,000 physicians in the United States. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.1 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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