Three of the Six Physicians Honored by Surescripts Use Allscripts
Electronic Health Record and ePrescribing Solutions
CHICAGO, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) today
congratulated three of its clients who together accounted for half of the
“E-Prescriber of the Year” award winners announced Monday by Surescripts as
part of that organization’s Fourth Annual Safe-Rx(TM) Awards. Safe-Rx is an
annual award that recognizes how e-prescribing enhances patient safety by
providing a more secure and accurate prescribing process.
The three Allscripts winners are Dr. Michael Brewer, M.D., a physician at
Wabash Medical Center in Springfield, IL who uses an Allscripts Electronic
Health Record to e-prescribe; Mark Earhart, M.D., a Watkinsville, GA physician
who also uses an Allscripts Electronic Health Record to prescribe
electronically; and Dr. Steven Green, M.D., a physician in Lancaster, KY who
uses a stand-alone ePrescribing solution from Allscripts.
All three winners were identified independently by Surescripts through
their use of prescription routing, benefit and history services in 2008. This
includes managing prescription transactions electronically with pharmacies and
using patient formulary and history information – that the physician receives
electronically – in prescribing decisions using their Allscripts solutions.
“I want to personally congratulate Drs. Brewer, Earhart and Green, who
exemplify the commitment of all our physician clients to using technology that
enhances their practice of medicine by enabling the delivery of higher
quality, safer patient care,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of
Allscripts. “I’m especially gratified that the Surescripts awards reflect the
clear leadership position that Allscripts has taken in providing this vitally
important technology to physicians across the nation.”
Earlier this year, Allscripts announced, for the second consecutive year,
that it routed more electronic prescriptions over the Surescripts network than
any other e-prescribing or Electronic Health Record solution provider.
Allscripts also had more active prescribers connected to the national network
in 2008 than any other company.
Surescripts, which represents the nation’s community pharmacies and
payers, bestowed the award on six prescribers for the outstanding leadership
they have shown through their own use of e-prescribing. Three users of
standalone e-prescribing software and three users of Electronic Health Record
received Safe-Rx Awards and were recognized as E-Prescribers of the Year. The
Surescripts network is used every day by thousands of physicians, pharmacists
and payers nationwide to exchange health information and prescribe without
Allscripts and Surescripts believe that exchanging prescription
information in this way reduces Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) and medication
errors that cause thousands of needless deaths in the United States each year.
“Through E-Prescribing, we’ve been able reduce errors due to handwriting
mistakes and track patients prescriptions better,” said Dr. Green. “I’m
thrilled to be honored as an E-Prescriber of the Year.”
“E-prescribing has helped me and my staff to become much more efficient so
that we can spend more time with patients and less time on all the hassles
that go along with traditional prescribing methods,” said Dr. Earhart.
“Allscripts has made it easier for us to do a high volume of prescribing as
our practice has grown.”
Dr. Brewer was traveling outside of the country on Monday and was
unavailable for comment.
Vermont Named Most-Improved State
Allscripts also applauded the efforts of its physician clients in Vermont,
who contributed to that state being honored by Surescripts with the Safe-Rx
Award for “Most Improved State.” Between 2007 and 2008, the percentage of
Vermont’s prescriptions routed electronically across the Surescripts network
more than quadrupled, from less than 1 percent to nearly 5 percent, according
to Surescripts. Users of Allscripts solutions accounted for 44 percent of all
prescriptions routed electronically in Vermont in 2008.
“E-prescribing is a fundamental system improvement for ensuring accurate,
timely health care communication,” said Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, in a
prepared statement. “Much of Vermont health care reform is about utilizing the
right tools to enhance our systemic approach to health care reform and the
evidence regarding the value of e-prescribing is clear.”
Allscripts electronic prescribing, available as either a stand-alone
solution or a component of a full Electronic Health Record, improves patient
safety and quality of care by automating the prescription process. The
technology is far safer than the current system of prescribing on paper. The
Institute of Medicine issued two studies concluding that universal electronic
prescribing would help prevent the 1.5 million injuries and 7,000 deaths that
arise each year from needless medication errors.
Allscripts uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More
than 160,000 physicians, 800 hospitals and nearly 8,000 post-acute and
homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their
patients and their bottom line. The company’s award-winning solutions include
electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management,
practice management, document management, medication services, hospital care
management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation.
Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To
learn more, visit www.allscripts.com.
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SOURCE Allscripts – 06/24/2009
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