Nightingale signs US$3.1 million enterprise agreement with Baltimore hospital



    Company to provide revenue cycle management services to
    hospital's 70 member internal physician group

    MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - Nightingale Informatix Corporation
("Nightingale") (TSX-V: NGH), one of North America's fastest growing
healthcare software and services providers, today announced that it has signed
a three-year $3.1 million revenue cycle management contract with Baltimore,
Maryland-based Harbor Hospital, a 203-bed hospital with 52 employed physicians
and an affiliated network of more than 200 active physicians. All financial
terms are in U.S. dollars.
    "The success and growth of our internal physician group has added a level
of complexity that makes it more challenging to manage administrative
burdens," said Joe Oddis, CEO of Harbor Hospital. "With Nightingale as our
partner, patient care can remain our primary focus. They provide a great
combination of tools and a skilled support team with extensive experience that
will help us successfully centralize our revenue cycle operations, improve our
current administrative workflow and enable us to effectively monitor our
employed physician operations."
    Under the terms of the agreement, Nightingale will provide revenue cycle
management services to Harbor Hospital's internal physician group. The initial
term of the agreement is three years, with an option to renew. Nightingale
will receive payment, on a recurring monthly basis, totaling $3.1 million over
the initial three-year term of the contract.
    Nightingale's revenue cycle management offering combines accounts
receivable management, electronic claims processing, patient billing
collection, claims tracking, payment verification, healthcare provider
regulatory compliance verification and provider credentialing services into a
centralized service platform. Through its revenue cycle management offering,
Nightingale enables physicians to reduce claim denials, receive faster payment
and minimize overhead costs. It replaces the burden of insurance processing
with improved cash flow and more time for patient care.
    "We are pleased to partner with Harbor Hospital to help streamline their
workflow and expand their revenue potential using our revenue cycle management
service," said Sam Chebib, president and CEO of Nightingale. "The agreement
reflects our strengthening presence in the U.S. healthcare industry, and in
particular our growing beachhead in the Northeastern U.S. Importantly, it will
expand our recurring revenue base and serves as a testament to our ability to
successfully help enterprise customers drive efficiency and focus on improved
patient care.

    About Harbor Hospital

    For more than a century, Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the
communities it serves in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard
counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community
clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. It is the only
hospital in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. to earn the prestigious
Medicare Excellence Award for 2006. Harbor Hospital also received the award in
2007 as they continue to offer the personal touch of a community hospital with
the excellence of a high technology medical center.
    With more than 500 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical
specialties, and more than 1,000 employees, the hospital offers a full range
of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years.
Harbor Hospital's specialty areas include orthopaedics, women's services,
cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation,
and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital's continuum of care
also includes wellness programs, outpatient services, and inpatient treatment.
    Harbor Hospital is a member of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit,
community-based health care organization comprised of seven major hospitals
and 25 integrated businesses in the Baltimore/Washington area. MedStar Health
is the third largest employer in the region with 23,000 employees and 4,600
affiliated physicians.

    About Nightingale

    Nightingale is one of the fastest growing health care service and
software companies in North America with over 4.7 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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