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Pharma IT

Sobeys pharmacies in PEI connect to DIS

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Emergis Inc., a TELUS company, announced that it has completed deployment of its next-generation pharmacy management software in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) and that it connected local Sobeys pharmacies to the provincial Drug Information System (DIS) for the first time.

“The successful launch of our pharmacy software management system at Sobeys pharmacies in P.E.I. clearly demonstrates our continuous commitment to supporting pharmacists in their daily practice, while enabling them to be up-to-date with provincial e-health initiatives,” said François Gratton, executive vice-president, Provider Solutions at Emergis. “Our innovative technology helps pharmacists provide value-added services to their customers through pro-active patient follow-up programs such as better drug adherence and adverse drug reactions prevention.”

Emergis pharmacy management software, Assyst Rx, is a high performance, fully integrated system that allows pharmacies to efficiently manage their patient files, dispensing of medications, inventory and professional information. The Assyst Rx system is compliant with the HL7v3 standard, which allows pharmacists to interface seamlessly and securely with the provincial DIS.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Emergis,” said William C. Redden, Senior Director, Pharmacy Services at Sobeys Pharmacy Group. “We believe that Assyst Rx offers us unmatched clinical and business advantages which will help us further advance our pharmacy practice and enhance patient care services.”

TELUS is working to become a leader in healthcare transformation in Canada. In January, 2008, TELUS acquired Emergis, further investing in its healthcare and financial services capabilities, building deep healthcare industry expertise and delivering innovative solutions.

Emergis, a TELUS company, has a strong presence in both healthcare claims processing and pharmacy management systems in Canada, with industry leading applications and services. It is a leader in electronic health record solutions for the exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of electronic health information.

Emergis’ electronic health records and information systems, combined with TELUS’ national network and hosting capabilities, provide a platform for healthcare transformation in Canada.

About Sobeys Pharmacy Group

Sobeys Pharmacy Group is a national, functionally integrated, division responsible to manage the operations of more than 150 in-store pharmacies across Canada, in addition to the 70 Lawtons Drug Stores that operate in the Atlantic Provinces. For more information about pharmacies within Sobeys Pharmacy Group, please visit and

About Emergis

Emergis, a TELUS company, is a North American IT leader that focuses on the health and financial services sectors. It develops and manages solutions that automate transactions and the secure exchange of information to increase the process efficiency and quality of service of its customers. Emergis has expertise in electronic health-related claims processing, health record systems, pharmacy management solutions, cash management and loan document processing and registration. In Canada, Emergis delivers solutions to major insurance companies, top financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals, large corporations, real estate lawyers and notaries and 3,000 pharmacies. Its electronic health record solutions are also delivered in the U.S. and Australia. For more information on Emergis pharmacy management solutions, please visit


TELUS is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 million customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and alumni have contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit