- Company achieves OntarioMD CMS Specification 2.0 Certification -
Eligible physicians across Ontario can now receive funding to implement
Nightingale's ASP EMR offering, representing a significant revenue growth
opportunity for the Company
MARKHAM, ON, July 8 /CNW/ - Today, Nightingale Informatix Corporation
("Nightingale" or the "Company") (TSX-V: NGH), an application service provider
(ASP) of electronic medical record (EMR) software and related services with
more than 5.3 million patient records under management, is pleased to announce
that its flagship web-based Electronic Medical Record solution, Nightingale On
Demand, has been certified under CMS (Clinical Management System)
Specification 2.0 by OntarioMD, effective immediately.
Nightingale is the first EMR vendor to achieve OntarioMD Specification
2.0 certification for both its ASP and local solutions. The certification
allows funding-eligible physicians across the province to apply for funding
through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Ontario Medical
Association (OMA) Physician Information Technology (IT) Program when
implementing Nightingale On Demand.
"Only about 20% of Ontario's 22,000 physicians presently use an EMR
system, making this certification a significant milestone toward driving EMR
adoption," said Sam Chebib, President and CEO of Nightingale. "Now,
funding-eligible physicians have a choice of implementing either Nightingale's
local or web-based EMR solutions, which have already demonstrated inherent
financial and operational benefits to our existing user base at large."
Funding currently available through the Physician IT Program is up to
$28,600 per physician, over three years. The OMA has obtained funding for up
to 2,700 physicians. would create an addressable market opportunity of more
than $200 million for Nightingale.
Nightingale's web-based EMR solution gives physicians a clear overall
view of their patients' current and historic medical information from anywhere
at any time, so they can manage and make more informed patient care decisions.
Physicians need only an internet connection from Smart Systems for Health
Agency for secure access to Nightingale's fully integrated EMR and practice
management system, freeing them from the responsibility and burden of buying
and implementing costly hardware and software, as well as handling system
maintenance and security issues.
"With Nightingale's ASP EMR, our practice runs more efficiently, allowing
us to focus on what matters most, our patients," said Dr. David M. Kaplan,
Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
"The web-based solution enables us to communicate electronically with other
team members, such as nurses, dieticians and social workers, and share data in
real-time, at the point of care. This facilitates early identification of
patients at risk, generation of reminders, posting of test results, and
up-to-date flow charts, shared by all caregivers involved. I believe
Nightingale is helping enhance the quality of our care."
"Nightingale worked hard throughout the RFP process and has now passed
the certification process, the last milestone to becoming funding eligible,"
said Brian Forster, Chief Executive Officer of OntarioMD Inc.
"Nightingale continues to gain recognition and acceptance by provincial
ministries of health, large-scale hospitals, leading health care institutions
and certification bodies, making it among one of the most widely used EMR
solutions in Canada," added Chebib.
OntarioMD is a subsidiary of the OMA and receives funding from the
MOHLTC. OntarioMD supports physician adoption of information technology (IT)
by connecting Ontario physicians to valuable products and services. OntarioMD
offers physicians IT services, tools and government funding programs that
support the adoption of clinical management systems, including electronic
medical records (EMRs), patient registration, billing and scheduling.
Nightingale is one of the fastest growing health care service and
software companies in North America with over 5.3 million patient records
under management in a hosted (ASP) environment. It is recognized as an
industry leader in Web-based clinician and community based electronic medical
records (EMR) serving the needs of small primary care practices,
multi-physician outpatient clinics, and large scale regional health
organizations and networks. Coupled with integrated practice management,
transcription and revenue cycle management, Nightingale's comprehensive
service offering allows customers to enhance patient care, increase revenue
opportunities and optimize operations. Nightingale is continuously innovating
and enhancing its services to meet the needs of its growing and diverse
customer base. Nightingale - Healthcare connected. www.nightingale.md
Forward Looking Statement
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meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Generally,
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or state that certain actions, events or results "may" ,"could", "would",
"might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking
statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or
achievements of Nightingale to be materially different from those expressed or
implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the
speculative nature of the medical software industry, which is affected by
numerous factors beyond Nightingale's control; the existence of present and
possible future government regulation; the significant and increasing
competition that exists in the medical software industry; the early stage of
Nightingale's business; and therefore it is subject to the risks associated
with early stage companies, including uncertainty of revenues, markets and
profitability and the need to raise additional funding.
Although Nightingale has attempted to identify important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not
to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that
such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events
could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.
Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements. Nightingale does not undertake to update any forward-looking
statements that are incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance
with applicable securities laws. Further information on Nightingale Informatix
Corporation is available at www.sedar.com
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