Friday, December 05, 2008

TELUS named 2008 Canadian Health Company of the Year

ITAC Award presented for excellence in corporate initiatives, customer satisfaction and exceptional quality of service

Toronto, ON, November 21, 2008 — On the heels of a significant announcement around its continued commitment to the healthcare sector, the newly branded TELUS Health Solutions has been named the 2008 Canadian Health Company of the Year by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

The award, presented at a gala event in Toronto, honours TELUS as a distinguished for-profit healthcare information technology company that has demonstrated excellence in the Canadian health informatics industry within the past 12 months. TELUS was nominated as a private sector company that has excelled in corporate initiatives and client satisfaction, delivering exceptional quality of service.

“It is a tremendous honour for the TELUS team to be named Health Company of the Year by ITAC,” said Joe Natale, president, TELUS Business Solutions. “The transformation of healthcare in Canada is a huge undertaking that will take the collaboration of all key stakeholders - government, healthcare providers and business. At TELUS, we are committed to taking a leadership role in healthcare transformation through leveraging innovation and the strength of our people.”

The award was presented on behalf of ITAC Health, formerly the Canadian Healthcare Information Technology Trade Association (CHITTA), and was specifically focused on the successful implementation of TELUS iScheduler and Call Centre Anywhere at CritiCall Ontario, a 24-hour-a-day emergency referral service for physicians across the province of Ontario.

"The TELUS solution will allow CritiCall to invoke the entire circle of care anywhere and anytime, regardless of physician or patient location," said Kris Bailey, executive director of CritiCall Ontario.

“Without a doubt, IT has the potential not only to save lives by providing doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers access to essential information, but to lower the overall cost of healthcare,” said François Côté, president, TELUS Health Solutions. “We are proud that TELUS Health is at the forefront of the eHealth movement, and couldn’t be happier about the acknowledgement of our leadership through this distinguished award.”

TELUS Health Solutions has years of expertise in successfully implementing healthcare applications and information communication technology processes through industry leading solutions and consulting services to customers in Canada and around the world. It is backed by more than 1,500 TELUS Health Solutions team members including healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit

About ITAC Health
Representing more than 120 Canadian ICT companies that are actively involved in the health sector, ITAC Health is the healthcare division of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada. Our mandate is to provide our members with access to public and private leaders of the healthcare industry, provide access to information and collaboration opportunities, and provide a consolidated voice for the industry when interacting with local and international governments in the promotion and governance of our industry. As a consolidated, single voice, members help influence the Canadian healthcare ICT market through active participation in our standing committees and various working groups.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.5 billion of annual revenue and 11.5 million customer connections including 6 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 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 retirees 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. For more information about TELUS, please visit

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