Dr. Eric Mankin of Temple University Health System Receives Microsoft Physician of the Year Award
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A panel of five industry experts selected Dr. Eric Mankin, Chief Medical Officer for Temple Physicians Inc. at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Microsoft Physician of the Year. The award was based on his innovative use of the TouchWorks(TM) suite of applications from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX). The solution was delivered using Pocket PC-based mobile devices integrated with Temple's enterprise information system to measurably improve the quality of patient care.
Jeff Raikes, Group Vice President of the Productivity and Business Services Group at Microsoft, announced the award during his keynote speech at the MS-HUG Windows on Healthcare conference. Mankin was one of four finalists out of a field of 40 physician entries for the award.
Mankin championed the use of the Allscripts TouchWorks solution, a suite of handheld wireless clinical-decision support applications for physicians at the point of care, on mobile devices for 135 of Temple University Health System's physicians. The solution, implemented in less than 90 days, included TouchWorks Rx+(TM), a software application that enables physicians to generate electronic prescriptions, automatically and instantly check for drug-to-drug interactions and insurance formulary status, and then send the prescription electronically from the exam room directly to the pharmacy. The TouchWorks solution uses a Pocket PC device connected wirelessly to a workstation application running SQL Server and Windows 2000.
"My role as chief medical officer is to enhance the quality of care for our organization's active population of 150,000 patients, reduce malpractice risk in an extraordinarily 'risky' county (Philadelphia), and manage the costs of care delivery for a health system that has accepted the insurance 'risk' for 75,000 of its patients -- all while meeting the expectations of a chronically frustrated physician group that is overly burdened by paperwork, phone calls and interminable hassles, such as memorizing eight different managed-care formularies," Mankin said. "I piloted TouchWorks in my family practice, and then aggressively championed and implemented the TouchWorks product from Allscripts for our primary-care physicians and many specialists, which has allowed us to make considerable strides in each area."
"We are pleased that Dr. Eric Mankin was named winner of the Microsoft Physician of the Year award," said Dr. Ahmad Hashem, Global Healthcare Industry Manager at Microsoft. "Dr. Mankin's use of the TouchWorks solution on the Pocket PC platform demonstrates how this technology can have a big impact on boosting efficiency, lowering costs and enhancing the quality of medical care."
"Allscripts is proud that TouchWorks played a part in recognizing Dr. Mankin's exemplary leadership role in the healthcare industry," commented Peter Geerlofs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "As a physician driven company, we applaud his efforts in leveraging technology to add value to the way physicians practice medicine and deliver a superior level of care to the patients of Temple University Health System. The TouchWorks solution is clearly becoming the preference of many leading physicians, as underscored by Dr. Mankin's award today." A number of the other finalists for this award also utilize the TouchWorks applications in their practices.
The Microsoft Physician of the Year panel of judges was made up of Dr. Terry Clark, F.A.C.S., President of Global eMedicine LLC; Josh Fisher, Equity Healthcare Analyst for Dresdner RCM Global Investors LLC; Dr. C. Martin Harris, Executive Director of the e-Cleveland Clinic and CIO of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Dr. Randolph Miller, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Edward Zabrek, F.A.C.O.G., Medical Editor of Pocket PC Magazine.
With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., the independent, nonprofit Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is the leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUG's Web site at http://www.mshug.org/ .
About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX) 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 15,000 physicians at more than 4,000 sites across the U.S.
Strategic partners include IDX Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: IDXC), a provider of complete healthcare information solutions for physician group practices, management service organizations, academic medical centers, and integrated delivery networks; IMS Health (NYSE: RX), the world's leading supplier of information solutions to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries; Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX), the nation's largest independent full-service pharmacy benefit manager; Compaq (NYSE: CPQ) a leading global provider of technology and solutions; Merck-Medco, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical benefits management companies; and Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.
TouchWorks and TouchWorks Rx+ 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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