YORK, Pa. & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 16, 2005–Allscripts
(Nasdaq:MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity
and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare,
today announced that WellSpan Medical Group (WMG) has chosen the
TouchWorks(TM) Electronic Health Record from Allscripts to provide
point-of-care clinical automation for the group’s nearly 250
The Allscripts solution will enable WMG’s physician practices to
improve patient safety, cut costs and boost efficiency by automating
many clinical tasks and improving connectivity between far-flung
offices and clinics. Physicians, nurses and other providers using the
web-based Electronic Health Record will be able to instantly retrieve
patient medical records when and where they are needed – at any of the
organizations 50 clinics, at the hospital, or on-call at home –
without relying on expensive, error-prone paper charts.
“WellSpan physicians are focused on delivering higher patient
safety and higher quality care and we know Allscripts will satisfy
this desire,” said Tom McGann, MD, Executive Director of WMG and
Senior Vice President of Practice Management for WellSpan Health, the
group’s parent organization. “Our physicians feel that they’re
drowning in paperwork. The Allscripts Electronic Health Record will
transform our old paper-based processes into electronic format in an
organized, easy-to-use product, and our physicians are very excited
William “Buddy” Gillespie, WMG’s Vice President and Chief
Information Officer said physicians on the group’s electronic health
record selection committee were impressed by Allscripts’ top KLAS
ranking and by its easy-to-deploy, physician-centric technology.
“When our physicians saw the Allscripts product in practice they
said ‘this can really work,'” said Gillespie. “It’s intuitive, it’s
designed for the care process that they adhere to within their
practices, it’s easy to use and we heard from physicians, who are
already using it, that the implementation rate is very rapid, and that
physicians quickly adapt to it and accept the technology.
Additionally, it is web-based, simplifying the deployment across our
multiple locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland.”
WMG is part of WellSpan Health, an integrated health system
serving some 650,000 patients in central Pennsylvania and northern
Maryland through more than 65 patient care sites, six regional
pharmacies and hospitals in York and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In
addition to its more than 50 physician practices, WMG includes the
Physician Billing Service, with information technology and educational
support to the practice sites.
WellSpan Medical Group will integrate TouchWorks with its existing
IDX(R) Flowcast(R) revenue cycle management solution from IDX Systems
Corporation. Allscripts and IDX share a strategic relationship that
directly links clinical and financial information to support
operational improvements at WMG.
“We are excited that WellSpan Medical Group has chosen to partner
with Allscripts to enhance the delivery of high-quality,
cost-effective care to its communities,” said Glen Tullman, Chief
Executive Officer of Allscripts. “The question in healthcare is not
whether the information exists, but rather providing access to the
right information at the right time, which is at the point-of-care.
TouchWorks delivers instant access to patient information, something
that isn’t possible with a paper chart across multiple locations.”
About WellSpan Medical Group
WellSpan Medical Group (WMG) provides medical services through
more than 30 primary and approximately 20 specialty care offices in
York and Adams counties and northern Maryland. These practices and
providers can offer services at both York and Gettysburg Hospitals.
WMG staff strives to deliver the quality personal care that patients
expect, efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to the
practices, WMG includes the Physician Billing Service, with
information technology and educational support to the practice sites.
Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software,
connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve
healthcare. The Company provides 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. Allscripts’ Physicians
Interactive Group provides clinical product education and connectivity
solutions for physicians and patients. The Company’s Medication
Services Group provides medication fulfillment services. To learn
more, visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com.
IDX and Flowcast are registered trademarks of IDX Investment
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 2004
Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained
by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
CONTACT: Allscripts Dan Michelson, 312-506-1317 email@example.com or WellSpan Medical Group Tom McGann, MD, 717-851-6584 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE: Allscripts