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mEMR Solution Elevates AHG to Top MGMA Percentile

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of
point-of-care decision support tools for physicians, announced today that
Affinity Health Group selected the TouchWorks modular electronic medical
record, or mEMR(TM), to reduce their dependency on paper-based patient
records. One of the largest multi-specialty healthcare facilities in southern
Georgia, Affinity was recently rated in the top 90% by an independent group
according to Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) best practices

Affinity will create patient records electronically using TouchWorks,
gradually replacing their current system of paper charts with a completely
paperless solution. Affinity will also use TouchWorks document imaging
solution to include current paper records and inbound correspondence into the
electronic patient record. With this transition to paperless charts, Affinity
will reduce administrative hassles and improve physicians’ access to

“TouchWorks frees our physicians and patients from the limitations of
paper-based records,” stated Richard McCullough, M.D., President of Affinity
Health Group. “Electronic patient records take up lots less room than paper
charts and empower our physicians with critical patient information at the
point of care and anywhere care is delivered.”

Using a secure, wireless network and a number of Pocket PC devices and
traditional desktop workstations, physicians will use TouchWorks to access
patient records anytime, anywhere. With electronic charts, Affinity
physicians can share and access patient data in the exam room, in their
offices, or even from their homes.

“The real power of the EMR is in seamlessly providing physicians with the
clinical information they need while simultaneously removing clerical and
logistical distractions,” commented Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. “TouchWorks reduces the administrative tasks
for physicians, enabling them to focus on the care of their patients.”

The TouchWorks mEMR solution will also help Affinity maintain its
leadership position in the rural Georgia market. Affinity was recently
evaluated against the MGMA’s best practices criteria and was rated in the top
90%. Affinity believes that implementing the TouchWorks mEMR will help them
increase that score.

“TouchWorks was a natural progression for us,” said Ray Cross,
Administrator of Affinity Health Group. “Affinity has a history of leading
medical care in southern Georgia and we believe that TouchWorks will help us
work even more closely with our patients to provide for their healthcare

About Affinity Healthcare Group

Founded in 1964, Affinity Healthcare Group provides services to the
residents of southern Georgia. Located in Tifton, GA, Affinity has recently
built an 85,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Affinity physicians
are dedicated to working together with their patients to provide for their
healthcare needs.

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); Hewlett-Packard Company; 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

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