CareSpark Chooses CGI to Build a Comprehensive Regional Health Information Exchange Network



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    FAIRFAX, VA, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (NYSE:   GIB; TSX: GIB.A)
and CareSpark in Kingsport, Tennessee today announced an agreement to
implement a health information exchange network to improve patient care across
the Appalachian region of eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia.
    CareSpark, a non-profit regional health information organization (RHIO),
is constructing the first phase of their clinical information network,
allowing the secure exchange of patient records between healthcare providers
in their 17 county community. CGI has been selected as the lead systems
integrator for much of the infrastructure and provider connections within the
network. CGI will utilize interoperability standards endorsed by the Federal
government's Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and the
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) organization.
    CGI is also teamed with CareSpark as the lead systems integrator to link
CareSpark's regional health information network into the Health and Human
Services (HHS) Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Trial
Implementation.
    "CGI has been a great asset in helping CareSpark stay current with
rapidly changing industry practices, trends and standards," said
Liesa Jenkins, Executive Director of CareSpark. "Using CGI to construct our
local network and lead our national participation closely aligns both
initiatives and ensures that an enduring product remains to benefit the
community."
    "Working with CareSpark has been important to us, not just because they
are innovators at the forefront of solving health issues, but because our own
employees and their families live in the community," said Rob Robertson,
Director of CGI's Healthcare Solutions Group, speaking of staff at CGI's
software development center in Lebanon, Virginia. "CGI has partnered with
CareSpark since the beginning of their IT build-out; we're proud to be part of
the team building their vision."
    CGI provides expertise that accelerates transformation to electronic
health records, facilitates secure health information exchange, automates
administration for hospital providers, aligns IT investments with business
requirements and manages these environments and the applications that sit
within them. The company has served healthcare clients throughout Canada and
the United States including more than 200 hospitals, 30 healthcare systems and
more than 140,000 users as well as managed care organizations, private
insurance companies and governments in North America including almost half of
all government health departments in Canada.

    About CareSpark

    CareSpark is a non-profit organization serving a 17-county region of
southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee, and is designed to improve health
through the collaborative use of health information. Since its inception in
2005, CareSpark has partnered with local healthcare providers, purchasers,
technology companies and policy-makers at federal and state levels to develop
a sustainable system that supports patient care delivery, public health
research and population health improvement. CareSpark participated in the
first phase of work to develop a prototype Nationwide Health Information
Network, demonstrating secure health information in January 2007 through a
consortium led by Accenture. CareSpark has also been recognized by the
Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence with the 2006 "Commitment to
Quality" Award.

    About CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI
and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI
provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from
offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from
centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue
run rate stands at CDN$3.7 billion and at June 30th, 2007, CGI's order backlog
was CDN$12.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the
NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the
S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website:
www.cgi.com.




For further information:

For further information: Business Development: John George, Director,
Healthcare Solutions Group, (703) 227-6107, john.george@cgi.com; Media: Linda
Odorisio, Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 227-6161,
linda.odorisio@cgi.com


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