Albert Einstein Healthcare Network to Implement TouchWorks

January 28, 2002
CHICAGO, Jan 28, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

Academic Medical Center to Bring Wireless Technology to Physicians

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care decision support tools for physicians, announced today that Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (Einstein) has signed a multi-year commitment to bring the TouchWorks(TM) solution to their physicians. Einstein will implement the mobile applications of TouchWorks Rx+(TM), FirstFill(TM), and TouchWorks Charge(TM) for a number of their primary care and specialty physicians at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. After several modules have been implemented with a core group, Einstein will expand the TouchWorks solutions to other physicians in their organization. Einstein plans to complete implementation of the first of these solutions by the end of the first quarter of 2002.

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network has more than 350 primary care doctors and specialists on staff, with an additional 700 affiliated physicians Einstein Medical Center offers residency and fellowship training programs in many specialty and subspecialty areas.

"We have seen many exciting advances in healthcare through the years and, from our perspective, providing access to real-time information is one of the next great advances. It can fundamentally improve the way physicians care for their patients," commented Laurence M. Russell, MD, Medical Director, Einstein Community Health Associates.

Allscripts offers a modular approach that encourages physician acceptance and utilization, enabling physicians to become proficient on a single application that they find most beneficial, and then progressing to additional applications over time. Additionally, TouchWorks seamlessly integrates with the IDX practice management system.

Using wireless handheld devices, these applications help physicians reduce medication errors through the use of electronic prescribing, provide patients the option of filling their first prescription at their physician's office for the most commonly prescribed medications, and improve efficiency and effectiveness by electronically capturing charges for all services and adding real-time information with Evaluation & Management (E/M) coding assistance, medical necessity checking, and Advance Beneficiary Notification (ABN) collection, all at the point of care. The charge capture data from TouchWorks will be seamlessly integrated into the IDX practice management system currently used by Einstein.

"The physician-focused design of our TouchWorks applications will not only help improve clinical outcomes, but also will help increase physician productivity," said J. Peter Geerloffs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "TouchWorks brings Just Right, Just-in-Time Information(TM), providing Einstein physicians precisely the information they need, in context and in real-time. For example, the TouchWorks Rx+ application can alert a physician to a possible drug allergy or drug interaction at the moment they are writing the prescription for their patient. This point-of-care information not only saves time for the physician by reducing rework, but more importantly results in a superior level of care for the patient."

Einstein joins a group of very distinguished academic medical organizations that use the TouchWorks system, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Temple University Health System, the University of Minnesota Physicians group, the University of Southern California Care Medical Group, and the University of South Florida Physicians Group. Each of these organizations leverage TouchWorks technology to improve clinical outcomes and increase efficiency by automating the most common physician activities including prescribing, capturing charges, dictating, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and taking clinical notes.

About Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, a member of the Jefferson Health System, provides healthcare services through Albert Einstein Medical Center, Germantown Community Health Services, Willow Terrace (a nursing home), MossRehab, Willowcrest (a center for subacute care), Belmont Behavioral Health and a number of outpatient and satellite locations. Einstein also operates a primary care network, Einstein Neighborhood Healthcare. For more information on Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, call 1-800-EINSTEIN, or visit www.einstein.edu .

About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is the leading provider of point-of-care decision support solutions for physicians. The Company's TouchWorks software products enhance physician productivity and are accessed using a wireless handheld or desktop workstation to automate the most common physician activities including prescribing, capturing charges, dictating, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and taking clinical notes. Additionally, Allscripts provides patient compliance and healthcare product education services for physicians through its Physicians Interactive unit. Allscripts provides services to over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.

Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health (NYSE: RX); Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX); Compaq (NYSE: CPQ); Merck-Medco; and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT).

TouchWorks, TouchWorks Rx+, FirstFill, and TouchWorks Charge are trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com .

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements about Allscripts Healthcare Solutions 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 2000 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov .

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