UK developer of physician IT systems
comes to Canada
EDMONTON – EMIS, which claims to be the leading technology supplier for
doctors’ offices in the UK, announced it will set up shop in Canada. It
is establishing its Canadian operations in Edmonton and will offer its
products and services in western Canada first before expanding to other
“Our goal is to bring an industry-leading level of development and
stable support as we meet the technology needs of primary care
physicians, first in western Canada and then across Canada,” said Peter
Anderson, president of EMIS Canada Inc. “We have 20 years experience and
sufficient size and resources to provide new levels of service and a
functionally rich system that meets the workflow needs of doctors.”
Mr. Anderson said EMIS is in the process of hiring corporate staff for
its Edmonton headquarters, is finalizing modifications to its products
to meet the specific needs of GPs in Alberta, and will adapt its
products to the requirements of other Canadian provinces.
According to the company, EMIS is the UK’s leading IT supplier in
primary healthcare, hosting over 33 million electronic medical records
within its systems. Approximately 55 percent of doctors in the UK
currently use EMIS software each day. For more information please go to
EMIS head offices are based in Leeds, including Development and Support.
Training for general practices is localized and headed by Regional
Operations Directors. Teams of Operations Managers provide high levels
of local area support. Business Development Managers are EMIS
development specialists that support the strategic IM&T goals of PCTs.
The total complement of staff employed by EMIS is 675.
EMIS began 17 years ago in a rural dispensing practice in Egton near
Whitby in North Yorkshire, where Dr Peter Sowerby wrote the software in
association with co-author Dr David Stables. EMIS is now the market
leader for general practice systems and is widely acknowledged as being
at the forefront of medical informatics, helping primary healthcare to
benefit from the accelerating pace of information technology.