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TELUS Health to become Canada’s largest electronic medical record provider

February 26, 2013

With the addition of PS Suite EMR from MD Practice Software LP, TELUS
Health will be positioned to unleash the full potential of EMRs in
Canada with national footprint, expanded reach and connectivity across
the healthcare system

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ – Strengthening its commitment to provide
the best healthcare information technology solutions in Canada, TELUS
Health announced today its offer to acquire  the electronic medical
record (EMR) business operated by MD Practice Software LP, a member of
the MD Physician Services Group and a subsidiary of the Canadian
Medical Association. Financial terms of the agreement were not
disclosed. Closing of the transaction is scheduled for March 4, 2013.

With the acquisition of Ontario’s largest EMR provider, TELUS Health
will further expand its reach in the first line of care, now providing
EMR solutions to 9,000 Canadian physicians across the country, and
impacting more than 25 million patient interactions each year. TELUS
Health currently provides solutions to all major stakeholders in the
health system, including hospitals, pharmacies, and extended healthcare
providers such as physiotherapists and chiropractors.

“TELUS Health firmly believes that by securely connecting physicians to
the broader healthcare continuum and facilitating confidential
interactions between the patient and their full care teams, we will
further realize our vision of turning information into better health
outcomes,” said Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health.  “This
acquisition is part of TELUS Health’s future vision for next generation
EMR, which enables us to examine best practices, drive efficiencies and
reduce care gaps throughout the healthcare system, resulting in
strengthened primary care access for Canadians.”

More than 10 years ago, TELUS made the decision to use its world-class
technology and innovation to address the unprecedented challenges
facing the Canadian healthcare system.  To support this, TELUS has
invested more than $1 billion over the past five years, including the
acquisitions of EMR providers Wolf Medical Systems in Western Canada
and KinLogix in Quebec. The combined strength of these acquisitions,
coupled with organic growth, positions TELUS Health as the leading EMR
provider in Canada.

“We are proud of the support we have provided physicians and our
involvement in the evolution of EMR platforms, assisting in
fundamentally changing the nature of healthcare,” said Mike Gassewitz,
President, MD Practice Software LP. “As the business evolves and focus
shifts to connectivity of systems and the continual improvement of
outcomes, this is the right time to transition EMR clients to a leading
IT company which shares our vision and has the standing and resources
to implement a national best-in-class EMR offering which delivers
inter-operability.”

Electronic medical records have evolved significantly from their
original purpose of increasing physician efficiency by moving from
paper records to electronic formats.  Today’s EMR’s have the potential
to seamlessly connect physicians with patients and other health care
providers and have become an important tool for physicians to improve
health outcomes for patients.

“The most important concern for physicians is to provide the highest
quality health care to their patients,” said Dr. Anna Reid, President
of the Canadian Medical Association. “Electronic medical records that
connect front line physicians with health care teams are an important
tool in delivering high-quality care.”

About TELUS Health
TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health
records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management.
TELUS Health solutions give health authorities, providers, physicians,
patients and consumers the power to turn information into better health
outcomes. For more information about TELUS Health, please visit telushealth.com.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than
13.1 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless
subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by
President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services, including wireless, data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS
Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was
honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation
globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals,
becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious
international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

SOURCE TELUS Corporation


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