VANCOUVER – Telus Health has acquired 100% of the shares of Med Access Inc., a leading Kelowna-based company providing electronic medical record (EMR) services to 2,000 specialty and general practice physicians in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. The acquisition brings the total Telus Health EMR reach to more than 12,500 Canadian physicians, supporting more than 45 million patient interactions each year. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
“EMRs are the cornerstones of emerging technologies, helping healthcare providers enhance patient-care through better collaboration, cost management and workflow benefits,” said Paul Lepage (pictured), president, Telus Health. “These technologies hold significant promise to reduce wait times and ultimately produce better health outcomes for Canadians.”
Telus Health plans to integrate Med Access’s industry-leading eReferral platform across all its EMR offerings, while continuing to support the Med Access EMR platform as one of the best EMR options available to Canadian physicians.
“The eReferral platform offers healthcare teams the opportunity to develop a new continuity of care strategy by allowing them to electronically forward any information in a patient’s chart directly to another care provider, thereby reducing potential data entry errors and helping to enhance patient care,” said Brendan Byrne, vice-president, Telus physician solutions.
“We have every confidence that Telus Health will be a great partner as we continue to develop our leading EMR platform to manage the complex demands of modern medicine and patient care,” said Paul Walker, president, Med Access. “They understand and support our vision to keep our customers’ interests front and centre at all times.”
Over the past six years, Telus Health has invested more than $1 billion in healthcare technology development, including the acquisitions of EMR providers Wolf Medical Systems in Western Canada, PS Suite in Ontario and KinLogix in Quebec.
Telus Health is expanding its reach on the front lines of healthcare and firmly believes that by securely connecting physicians to the broader healthcare continuum including home care, community services and acute care, as well as facilitating confidential interactions between patients and their care teams, wait times can be reduced and overall patient care in Canada can be improved.
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