Skip to content

CHICAGO, Jul 31, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —

Two Divisions of Advocate Health Care, Largest Healthcare Network in Illinois, Leverage Wireless Applications

Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care
decision support tools for physicians, announced today that Advocate Medical
Group (AMG) and Advocate Health Centers (AHC), two divisions of Advocate Health
Care (Advocate), have selected TouchWorks(TM) clinical applications to automate
their prescription, dictation, and charge capture processes at a number of
Advocate sites. AMG and AHC are divisions of Advocate Health Care, the largest
healthcare network in Illinois and one of the leading integrated health care
delivery networks in the United States.

In evaluating several different technology solutions to improve physician
efficiency, AMG and AHC focused on the ability to provide multiple clinical
applications on one platform. These groups selected Allscripts because it was
the only company that had proven it could automate multiple physician tasks such
as prescribing, dictation, and charge capture on a single, wireless, hand-held

“The design of TouchWorks fits into our physicians’ workflow just as easily as
the wireless hand-held device fits into their pockets,” said Debra Geihsler,
Chief Executive of Advocate Medical Group. “We’re confident that Advocate
physicians will reap significant benefits from using this technology.”

Using TouchWorks applications, AMG and AHC expect to help their physicians
deliver even better care to their patients, more efficiently than ever before.
TouchWorks automates common clinical activities, like writing prescriptions,
dictating clinical notes, and recording professional charges. This automation
enables physicians to focus more of their time on caring for their patients
while spending less time on administrative tasks. However, the key to realizing
these benefits, according to Geihsler, is joining all of these applications into
a single solution on a single wireless hand-held device that is simple and
straightforward for physicians to use.

“The physician usability issue that formed a large part of Advocate’s decision
to implement TouchWorks is the very principle that guides our physician-centric
focus in designing applications,” commented Glen Tullman, Chief Executive
Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. “The real opportunity here is to put
technology in the hands of physicians that can provide them the information they
need at the point of care to help support their decisions and make the delivery
of care more efficient. We are very excited to see these leading organizations
take this important step for their physicians and their patients.”

Over the past several months, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has partnered with
several other leading organizations in the healthcare industry, including Hawaii
Medical Service Association (HMSA) — the largest healthcare insurer in Hawaii,
and Aurora Health Care — the largest not-for-profit health care system in
Wisconsin, to deliver solutions to enhance quality of care, patient safety and
physician efficiency.

AMG and AHC will integrate the TouchWorks software with their existing IDX
practice management software. Advocate utilizes IDX Systems Corporation’s
IDXtend business performance solutions as its primary ambulatory information
system to streamline patient access and enhance its revenue cycle. The
implementation of IDXtend is widespread within the vast Advocate Health Care
integrated delivery network. The integration between IDXtend and the Allscripts
TouchWorks software suite improves end user productivity, increases patient
satisfaction and enhances patient care by combining the clinical data and
financial data into a common architecture.

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, based in Oak Brook, has been repeatedly ranked among the
nation’s top health systems. It has more than 24,500 employees, 4,600
physicians, and over 200 sites of care in metropolitan Chicago. Advocate Health
Care includes Advocate Medical Group, one of the leading physician group
practices in the Midwest with more than 190 physicians representing a wide range
of medical and surgical specialties, and Advocate Health Centers, community
based medical practices, that provide a full range of primary services,
specialty care, and support services serving more than 200,000 patients in 20
locations throughout metropolitan Chicago.

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 using a wireless handheld device 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. The Company also
provides medication fulfillment services. Additionally, Allscripts provides
patient compliance and healthcare product education services for physicians
through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit. Allscripts provides services to
over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.

Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health (NYSE: RX);
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT); HP (NYSE: HPQ); Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX); and
Medco Health.

TouchWorks and Physicians Interactive are trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare
Solutions. Visit Allscripts on the Web at 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 2001 Annual Report on
Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and
Exchange Commission at

                    MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT –  Click Here

SOURCE Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

CONTACT:          Dan Michelson, Vice President of Marketing of Allscripts
Healthcare Solutions , +1-800-654-0889, Ext. 4330,


Copyright (C) 2002 PR Newswire.  All rights reserved.

Scroll To Top