TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - Apr 15, 2011) - Sage Healthcare Division announced today that it has been named a preferred partner of the Northern Illinois Physicians for Connectivity (NIPFC). Serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals including 80,000 physicians in North America, Sage will make its ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to physicians partnering with NIPFC for their electronic health record (EHR) needs.

NIPFC's program is a new initiative designed to help 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 NIPFC, 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.

"Sage focuses on helping physicians become more efficient and provide the highest level of care possible, and this collaboration with NIPFC supports that goal," said Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Healthcare Division. "Partnerships with organizations such as NIPFC allow us to collaborate as advocates of EHRs and the meaningful use standards set by the ONC to advance patient care in the most efficient way possible."

The Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition is a clinical, financial and administrative product that includes electronic health records and practice management solutions and a Web-based portal for online patient engagement. Providers can access Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition from multiple remote locations either through a central patient database server or as a Sage-hosted solution on a monthly subscription basis.

Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition features centralized financial operations including billing, reporting and task management, and fully integrates with Sage Intergy Practice Portal, Sage Intergy RIS and Sage Practice Analytics.

Sage Healthcare Division is a unit of Sage North America and a major provider of electronic health records and practice management software and services.

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NIPFC is a regional organization of healthcare providers wanting to apply the benefits of information technology for the purpose of engaging in educational efforts, maximizing efficiencies and the enhancement of quality healthcare services. The organization is working to assist physicians with their selection of EMRs, consultants, and vendors. NIPFC's ultimate goal is to foster healthcare data exchange between physicians and providers. More information is available at http://www.nipfc.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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