Nightingale Launches Secure Web-based Patient Portal



    
    Nightingale to target Priority Access at the more than 5.3 million
    patient records on Company's ASP EMR platform, providing Canadians with a
    direct link to their medical records and doctor
    

    MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Nightingale Informatix Corporation
("Nightingale" or the "Company") (TSX-V: NGH), an application service provider
(ASP) of electronic medical record (EMR) software and related services, today
announced the launch of Nightingale Priority Access, a web-based information
and communication portal that can securely link patients across Canada with
doctors who are using Nightingale's ASP EMR solution.
    "We believe Priority Access will facilitate better and more efficient
healthcare across Canada," said Sam Chebib, President and CEO of Nightingale.
"Most Canadians interact with the healthcare system at the clinic level, but
it can be very difficult to get face-to-face time with a doctor. Our web-based
portal helps physicians and patients to communicate more conveniently and
provides patients with tools that enable them to take an increasingly active
role in their own healthcare."
    Priority Access is a highly secure web portal that provides patients with
direct, online access to their physicians and their physicians' office
administrators. The innovative platform enables patients to schedule
appointments as well as review and download their complete medical history,
including prescriptions, allergy and medical assessments, via the Internet.
Patients can also receive their lab results electronically, request
prescription refills, consult with their physician online and access pertinent
health-related educational material provided by their doctor. In addition,
Priority Access can alert patients when they are due for a visit or a clinical
procedure to help keep treatment plans on track, or as part of a normal health
maintenance regime.
    Unlike other personal health record products, Nightingale Priority Access
is not populated and maintained by the patient. It is an aggregation of real
clinical data that resides in the physician's records for patients and their
families.
    "The launch of Priority Access is a key strategic step for Nightingale,
as it extends our reach into the patient marketplace," Mr. Chebib added.
"There is growing demand from patients for direct access to their own health
information. We are the only company in Canada with this complete of an
offering, and we already have a sizable base of patient records under
management on our ASP EMR platform. As such, we believe we are well positioned
to become a leading provider of personal health record technology solutions."
    Priority Access is available through physician clinics that are using
Nightingale's ASP EMR technology. Physicians can offer all or various
components of the service to their patients for a nominal fee, on a
subscription basis. With Nightingale's online portal, doctors can efficiently
enhance the level of care they provide to their patients, while reducing
operating costs and receiving additional direct compensation for services
otherwise not covered by provincial health insurance plans. Prior to this
broad public launch, Nightingale Priority Access was in use by several hundred
Canadian patients over a period of 18 months.

    About Nightingale

    Nightingale is one of the fastest growing healthcare 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

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Generally,
forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward- looking
terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected",
"budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or
"does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases
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

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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