updated 1/18/2011 11:45:51 AM ET 2011-01-18T16:45:51

MONTREAL, Jan. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PEPID, the leading developer of clinical decision-support information and technology for healthcare professionals, announced today that the Association des spécialistes en médecine d'urgence du Québec (ASMUQ) and the Québec Ministry of Health will license PEPID Online for five years. This agreement makes PEPID the exclusive point of care provider of clinical and drug information in Québec for a decade.

"Our partnership with ASMUQ, supported by the Quebec Ministry of Health, furthers our commitment to deliver the information healthcare professionals need to provide the highest level of patient care," says PEPID President, John Wagner. "We've been in every emergency room in Québec for the past five years, and I look forward to working together for the next five years."

The contract gives all 107 emergency departments in Québec unlimited access to PEPID's Emergency Physician Suite (ED), accessible online via any computer or workstation. Currently, healthcare professionals in Québec access PEPID's online resources more than one million times per month.

"PEPID has become an indispensable tool and resource for our emergency room staff over the last five years. We are proud to support the use of PEPID, and to have their excellent point of care resources in our facilities," says Dr. Daniel LeFrançois, director at the Ministry of Health.

According to Dr. Francois Dufresne, ASMUQ president, it's the quality and completeness of the clinical and drug information that has made PEPID so popular among Quebec's 2,300 emergency physicians. "We want to provide our healthcare professionals with the best clinical decision support available; PEPID's comprehensive drug information and emergency medicine reference is unmatched."

In 2005, the Quebec's association of emergency physicians and the Ministry of Health decided to employ a system-wide clinical decision support system after the Canadian Adverse Events Study(1)was published, reporting 23,750 preventable deaths in Canadian hospitals. The study confirmed the need for changes that were already advocated by the two groups. After extensive research, they chose to deploy PEPID in every emergency department.

"Since employing PEPID five years ago, reports from the field indicate an increase in the quality of care provided, the reduction of medical errors, and the ability to see more patients within the time critical window," says Dr. Francois Paquet, medical counsel at the Emergency Care Division of the Quebec Ministry of Health. "PEPID has far exceeded our expectations, which is why we've decided to continue access for our healthcare professionals for another five years."

Read the case study on how PEPID has improved care province-wide in Québec. For more information on site wide access to PEPID Online, visit www.pepid.ca/solutions/hospitals , or contact PEPID directly at (888) 321-7828 ext. 251.

Learn more at pepid.ca.

(1)G.Ross Baker et al. The Canadian Adverse Events Study: the incidence of adverse events among hospitals patients in Canada. JAMC. 25 May 2004; 170 (11); 1678-86.

Contact: Jenna Reynolds
Phone: (888) 321-7828 x211
Email: press@pepid.com

About PEPID Canada

Created by a proud Canadian more than 15 years ago, PEPID utilizes mobile and online technology to deliver clinical decision-support resources specific for healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, EMTs and students.

PEPID content is reviewed and contributed to by partners including the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, the Family Physician Inquiries Network, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to ensure content is of the highest quality.

About ASMUQ

The Quebec Association of Specialists in Emergency Medicine promotes a medical practice based on the highest standards. It defends the interests of its members and acts as a consulting organism in order to offer the best care to all patients who presents to the different emergency departements of Quebec, Canada. There are 120 specialists in emergency medicine in Quebec who mostly practice in tertiary teaching university-affiliated centers. They have an important role in both clinical and non-clinical aspects of emergency medicine.

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