KELOWNA, BC, April 26 /CNW/ - QHR Technologies Inc. ("QHR" or the
"Company") (TSXV: QHR) today announced that the Company has signed an
Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") to acquire the assets of EMIS Inc.
("EMIS Canada") a 100% subsidiary of Egton Medical Information Systems
Limited based in Leeds, UK ("EMIS") and part of EMIS Group plc ("EMIS
Group"). The purchase is subject to the completion and delivery of
various aspects of the APA definitive agreement and to normal closing
conditions which are expected to be completed effective April 30, 2011.
EMIS is the largest EMR vendor in the UK with over 55% of the UK GP
market. EMIS Canada launched its entry into the Canadian EMR market in
2005. After careful consideration of their Canadian market results,
EMIS determined that its Canadian division no longer met the criteria
for its future investment strategies. EMIS has decided to transition
the current EMIS Canada client base and staff to QHR for inclusion into
QHR's EMR division, Optimed Software Corporation ("Optimed").
EMIS Group, which has been listed for trading on London's AIM exchange
since March 2010, formally notified their public market on March 18,
2011 that they were working on a managed Canadian market exit.
QHR has completed similar complex EMR acquisitions, including National
Medical Solutions (NMS) of Calgary in 2007 and Clinicare Corporation of
Calgary in December 2009. QHR's EMR subsidiary, Optimed Software
Corporation is well versed in servicing physician clients, supporting
multiple EMR product offerings and providing a cost effective
transition path from acquired products, including the transfer of
patients' medical data, to Optimed's industry leading product,
A key factor in EMIS's decision is that QHR has its own Hosting division
providing similar services as EMIS Canada with respect to hosting
medical records in an ASP environment. QHR's Hosting division,
Cloudwerx Data Solutions Inc. operates from Calgary, Alberta and
EMIS Canada is one of five qualified Physician Information Technology
Office (PITO) vendors in BC. Optimed will continue to support the EMIS
Canada product under the terms of the APA and the PITO Master Standing
Agreement until Optimed can gain approval to upgrade the EMIS Canada
clients to Accuro®EMR under the technology change provisions of the
PITO agreement. Optimed completed a similar process in Ontario as of
November 29, 2010, replacing the Clinicare approved product with
Accuro®EMR on the OntarioMD list of certified offerings.
Optimed recently added a number of physician clients in BC as a result
of BC's Alternative Specialist Funding Program for medical specialists.
Optimed excels at the development and implementation services of its
multiple jurisdictional product offering and in converting patient data
from competitive or acquired systems to our Accuro® product.
With this agreement in place and the staff involved with the EMIS Canada
product and services delivery on board, transition to Accuro will be
made much more easily. We welcome the EMIS Canada clients and staff to
the QHR family.
As QHR requires a series of approvals for client specific confidential
disclosures, the purchase price and other financial details are not
being disclosed at this time. QHR has the financial resources required
to complete this transaction in a cost effective manner.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Al Hildebrandt, President and CEO
About QHR Technologies Inc.
QHR now operates three business units in distinct markets:
The Electronic Medical Records ("EMR") division offers a suite of medical software modules that provides
computer-based medical records for family physicians, medical
specialists, and surgeons, as well as administrative modules for
billing and patient scheduling, that is a key component of the move
throughout Canada to provide electronic healthcare records for all
Canadians. The EMR division also provides on-site and off-site (ASP)
The Enterprise Management Software ("EMS") division specializes in workforce management software, which consists
of integrated payroll, staff scheduling and human resource software,
and in customized financial management software built on the Microsoft
Dynamics GP platform. These products are targeted at complex
healthcare, social services and public safety environments.
The Hosting ("Hosting") division specializes in ASP Hosting solutions both on-site and
off-site, which consist of custom application hosted solutions,
exchange email hosting, office software packages, mobile messaging
services, server archiving and many other custom technical and hardware
solutions and services. These solutions are targeted at EMR clients
looking for an enhanced ASP option as required by some provincial
About EMIS Inc.
EMIS Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Egton Medical Information
Systems Limited (EMIS) based in Leeds, UK. EMIS Inc. launched its
Canadian operations in 2005, expanding on EMIS' success as the number
one provider of EMR solutions in the UK. EMIS supports its corporate
principles of improving the health of individual patients, and the
population as a whole through advanced knowledge garnered by empowering
physicians to collaborate.
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results to be expected in future periods. QHR is a technology business
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update forward looking statements.
Forward looking statements in this news release include that we will
complete on the asset acquisition of EMIS Canada Asset, that we can
successfully transition EMIS clients to our products, and that we
expect to have this completed effective April 30, 2011. Factors that
could delay or prevent these forward looking statements from coming to
fruition include being unable to complete for any one of a variety of
reasons, including being unable to agree on a definitive agreement,
unable to obtain necessary approvals or due diligence determining the
transaction is unsuitable. Furthermore, our competitors may offer more
advanced or cheaper products which may adversely affect our market.
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SOURCE QHR Technologies Inc.
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