Mercy Health Services Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record; Leading Baltimore Physician Group to Provide Web-Based Solution to Improve Safety, Quality and Efficiency Across its Baltimore-based Physician Enterprise
Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, today announced that Mercy Health Services has selected the TouchWorks(TM) Electronic Health Record, from Allscripts, in an agreement valued at $1.7
BALTIMORE & CHICAGO (January 30, 2006) –
Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, today announced that Mercy Health Services has selected the TouchWorks(TM) Electronic Health Record, from Allscripts, in an agreement valued at $1.7 million to connect and automate 100 physicians.
The TouchWorks Electronic Health Record solution will enable Mercy’s physician practices to improve patient safety, cut costs and boost efficiency by automating many clinical tasks that are currently performed manually. Mercy physicians and other caregivers will be able to retrieve patient medical records from any location where they have an Internet connection.
“The web-based electronic health record will enhance the delivery of care to Mercy’s patients while empowering the group’s physicians with instant access to the complete patient record when and where they need it,” said Jim Stalder, Chief Information Officer of Mercy Health Services.
“By leveraging Allscripts TouchWorks electronic health record, Mercy will completely automate many of the current manual and paper-based clinical activities such as prescribing medications, ordering lab tests, viewing test results, making referrals and documenting clinical encounters,” said Rob Horst, Mercy’s Manager of Physician IT Services. “The electronic health record should also result in cost savings as it will eliminate duplicative, resource-intensive paper records, which must be stored and transported between the group’s locations.”
In addition to the TouchWorks Electronic Health Record solution, TouchWorks iHealth(TM) was a key factor in Mercy’s selection of Allscripts. TouchWorks iHealth is a solution that provides patients secure online access to their own personal health record. Using iHealth, patients will securely register for appointments and request prescription refills online. Patients can access trusted health-related content from their physicians and will ultimately be provided with tools allowing them to communicate with Mercy physicians online.
“By providing seamless interaction between iHealth and TouchWorks, Mercy will be leading the way towards healthcare transformation in the Baltimore area,” said Horst.
Mercy’s multi-specialty group is comprised of more than 100 physicians in practices located downtown and in several suburban Baltimore locations.
“We performed an extensive review of leading vendors and Allscripts emerged as the clear industry leader,” Stalder said. “Allscripts has a vision and a plan for the future of healthcare that is far ahead of the competition. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
“Being chosen by a world-class medical group like Mercy Health Services demonstrates the ability of Allscripts to deliver enhanced quality care across a broad network of providers,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “We are proud that the TouchWorks solution is the first choice for improving clinical outcomes and efficiency at many of our nation’s top medical groups.”
About Mercy Health Services
Mercy Medical Center is a 132-year-old, university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation and among the 10 best centers for women’s health. Mercy is part of Mercy Health Services, Inc., which also includes Stella Maris, Central Maryland’s largest long-term/geriatric care facility located in Timonium, MD, as well as a network of community health centers. Mercy is also now home to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine located at 227 St. Paul Street. For more information, visit Mercy online at www.mdmercy.com or call 1-800-M.D.-Mercy.
Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The Company’s business groups provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. The Clinical Solutions Group’s award-winning clinical software applications include Electronic Health Record, e-prescribing and document imaging solutions. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) Group and medical fulfillment services through its Medication Services Group. To learn more, visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com.
This announcement may contain forward-looking statements about Allscripts that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are developed by combining currently available information with Allscripts beliefs and assumptions. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance. Because Allscripts cannot predict all of the risks and uncertainties that may affect it, or control the ones it does predict, Allscripts’ actual results may be materially different from the results expressed in its forward-looking statements. For a more complete discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may affect Allscripts, see the Company’s 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
Dan Michelson, 312-506-1217
Mercy Health Services
Dan Collins, 410-332-9714
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