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Evident announces entry into Canadian EHR market

Alan HaaksmaMOBILE, Ala. – Evident, a wholly owned subsidiary of CPSI and a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR) systems and services in the United States, has announced its intent to provide its health information system and electronic medical record (EMR) solution to Canadian hospitals and physicians.

Alan Haaksma (pictured) has been appointed Director of Business Development for Evident in Canada, and will be leading the charge to bring the solution to Canadian hospitals. Previously, Haaksma was Director of National Accounts, North America, for Orion Health.

Haaksma noted that Evident will appeal to many hospitals in Canada, as it provides a cost-effective solution that can quickly improve the EMRAM performance of a facility or an entire region. “64% of Evident’s hospitals in the U.S. have Level 7 functionality in the HIMSS EMRAM adoption model,” said Haaksma, adding that most of Canada’s hospitals are at Level 2 or 3.

Moreover, he pointed out that Evident intends to set up shop in Canada to service its customers, with additional support from over 1,000 service staff at its headquarters in Alabama. “Evident is committed to contributing to the economic development of Canada,” he said.

Evident says that its hospital information system, called Thrive, is ideally suited to Canada’s hospitals, most of which are small and mid-sized facilities, often in rural or suburban settings.

“Approximately 80% of the hospitals in Canada are community hospitals,” said Boyd Douglas, president and chief executive officer of Evident. “Evident has been successfully serving those same hospitals in the United States for more than 35 years.

“While there are certainly differences in the health systems of the United States and Canada, the health information needs of hospitals and providers in the two countries are very similar, and we have no doubt our products will more than meet the information technology needs of the Canadian healthcare system.”

Haaksma said that Evident has been working to localize their Thrive EHR for the hospitals in Canada.

Evident is one of the leading health information vendors in the healthcare industry and a recognized leader in providing fully integrated solutions to the community hospital market in the United States. The company’s parent, CPSI, Inc., had revenue of US$204.7 million in 2014.

“For years, the Canadian health industry as a whole has been working to modernize the country’s electronic health record systems,” said Douglas, “however many believe alternative solutions with predictable cost options and fixed price implementations would further drive IT adoption. These particular barriers are easily addressed by two of Evident’s primary competitive strengths – guaranteed pricing and a comprehensive fixed cost implementation process.

“Our approach is holistic and has resulted in a 100% success rate in delivering our HIS/CIS and EMR solutions on-time and on-budget. This will be a major differentiator for Canadian facilities and providers looking for a high quality health information system backed by superior implementation and support services.”

About Evident, LLC
Evident is a leading provider of patient centered and community focused electronic health record systems for more than 650 community hospitals and their 12,000 providers. The company is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of health IT, while optimizing the quality of care for communities in the United States and Canada. Thrive, Evident’s health information solution, is a complete information and patient care system, from business office to bedside, combined with comprehensive implementation and training services. Thrive offers a seamless user experience and advanced workflows that make it an integral part of delivering quality patient care. LikeMind, the company’s unique collaborative support model for Thrive, delivers proactive service from its staff of healthcare and business professionals who understand the challenges its customers face and share their dedication to quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.evidenthealth.ca.

About CPSI
CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare solutions for community hospitals. Founded in 1979, CPSI is the parent of two companies – Evident, LLC and TruBridge, LLC. Evident provides comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) solutions for community hospitals. TruBridge focuses exclusively on providing business, consulting, and managed IT services to community healthcare organizations, regardless of their IT vendor. For more information, visit www.cpsi.com, www.evidenthealth.ca, or www.trubridge.com.

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