TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America and a major provider of EHR and practice management software and solutions serving approximately 80,000 physicians in North America, today announced that Northwest Primary Care, a 25 physician, physician-owned practice in southeast Portland, has selected Sage to provide the IMPAX PACS (picture archiving and communication system). This new medical imaging system will augment the practice's existing Sage Intergy practice management and EHR system. 

Sage Healthcare Division offers the IMPAX, a comprehensive PACS, through an arrangement with Agfa HealthCare. The IMPAX solution will allow Northwest Primary Care to more efficiently manage its growing medical imaging services and improve efficiency in reading and reporting on medical imaging studies.

Northwest Primary Care is moving away from film and chose the PACS through Sage to improve patient care and increase quality outcomes, said administrator Michael Whitbeck. "We sought a sophisticated PACS system that will allow our radiologists and physicians to look at the film right from the record, and to allow for more mobility of our radiologists who will be able to view film from anyone, on or off site," Whitbeck said.

PACS also will reduce the need for redeveloping images related to over and under exposed film, a common problem with film images, said Whitbeck. "We'll be able to alleviate those issues with PACS, and from that perspective, improve overall quality of care for patients," he said. 

Northwest Primary Care has four locations throughout southeast Portland, Oregon, and hosts more than 81,000 patient visits per year. In addition to implementing the Agfa HealthCare PACS system through Sage, it has used Sage Intergy EHR for its practice management and electronic health records since 2006. Sage Intergy EHR is fully compatible with the Agfa HealthCare PACS solution, and allows for the viewing of patient images through the EHR. Sage Intergy EHR also can integrate its Radiology Information Systems (RIS) with the Agfa HealthCare solutions.

"Sage remains dedicated to its clients and committed to health centers such as Northwest Primary Care because of the trust they place in our products to improve health outcomes for patients," said Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Healthcare Division. "Providing a multitude of solutions, such as an integrated PACS solution to go along with our EHR, shows our dedication to improving practice efficiency and remaining true to our mission of being physician focused and patient centric."

Sage is a reseller of the Agfa HealthCare PACS and Computed Radiology (CR) solutions and offers installation of the PACS software, along with user support and training.

Sage has provided healthcare software solutions to streamline patient care for nearly 30 years, and is a leading supplier of business management software and services, serving more than 6.2 million small and midsized business customers worldwide.

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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 profitability. 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.

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 midsize business customers. 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.

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