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Telus buys Kelowna health care technology company

Telus has purchased a Kelowna company that will increase its reach into health care technology services.

Med Access Inc. is a Kelowna-based company that provides electronic medical record  services to 2,000 specialty and general practice physicians in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

TELUS is not disclosing the financial terms of the deal, but says the acquisition of Med Access will fit into a growing portfolio of investments. 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.

“EMRs are the cornerstone of emerging technologies, helping healthcare providers enhance patient care through better collaboration, cost management and workflow benefits. These technologies hold significant promise to reduce wait times and ultimately produce better health outcomes for Canadians,” said Paul Lepage, president, TELUS Health.

“We believe that connecting healthcare providers together and with their patients is a natural extension of our core business of connecting millions of Canadians with the people and information that matters most to them.”

TELUS Health plans to integrate Med Access’s 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.

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