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USC Care Medical Group Selects Allscripts to Provide e-Prescribing and Charge Capture for State-of-the-Art Clinic

CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care decision support tools for physicians, announced today that USC Care Medical Group, Inc. has selected Allscripts to provide its TouchWorks(TM) solutions, including Rx+, FirstFill(TM) and Charge, to physicians at the group's new state-of-the-art clinic in downtown Los Angeles. The Allscripts solution will enable USC Care Medical Group physicians to automate key physician and staff functions, such as capturing charges and writing prescriptions, while offering additional services to patients at the point of care, such as the ability to receive the most commonly prescribed medications at the clinic.

The decision to select Allscripts was the result of TouchWorks ability to save time and increase both physician productivity and patient satisfaction. Allscripts proven ability to integrate reliably with the IDX practice management system was also a major factor in USC's decision.

"Medication delivery and billing are probably the two most cumbersome and paper intensive processes in health care. Additionally, both can be inconvenient for the patient. We believe that TouchWorks will enable USC to simplify both of these processes, which will yield both clinical and economic benefits for our group and for our patients," said Jeffry Huffman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of USC Care Medical Group, Inc. "For example, Allscripts e-prescribing product can provide information our physicians need, such as if a patient had a prior adverse reaction to a specific medication. This technology is one of our initiatives to reduce medication errors, a problem that has become a major public health issue. TouchWorks Charge(TM) will simplify the charge capture process, which will save time for our physicians and our staff, allowing them to focus more time on patient care. In addition, we expect TouchWorks Charge will eliminate lost charges by recording and submitting charges promptly, decrease rework and denial rates, and reduce posting to payment time from weeks to hours."

"As USC Care Medical Group brings their new state-of-the-art facility on- line, we're pleased that they have selected our state-of-the-art TouchWorks solutions for their physicians," commented Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "Our seamless integration with the IDX management system will enhance USC's focus on effective and efficient healthcare management while our TouchWorks applications will facilitate the superior level of care that USC physicians provide for their patients."

About USC Care Medical Group

USC Care Medical Group, Inc. is the non-profit practice corporation for more than 450 physicians who are on the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. These doctors not only practice medicine, but also are involved on a daily basis in the latest medical advances. USC doctors see patients at a variety of facilities including USC University Hospital, USC/Norris Cancer Center, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Doheny Eye Institute. The USC-affiliated facilities are all located within minutes of downtown Los Angeles.

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 15,000 physicians at more than 4,000 sites 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, FirstFill, and TouchWorks Charge are trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Visit Allscripts on the Web at 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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SOURCE Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Vice President of Marketing, of Allscripts, +1-800-654-0889, Ext. 4330, dan.michelson@allscripts.com /