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CHICAGO, Apr 16, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —

Nevada’s Largest Multi-Specialty Medical Group Brings TouchWorks to 150 Physicians

Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX) today announced an agreement with Southwest
Medical Associates, Inc. (SMA), a subsidiary of Sierra Health Services, Inc.
(NYSE: SIE) to provide clinical applications to 150 of their providers. SMA,
Nevada’s largest multi-specialty medical group, will implement TouchWorks(TM)
modules for e-prescribing and digital dictation.

“The TouchWorks suite of applications improves our ability to deliver high
quality healthcare and lifelong value for patients, physicians and
shareholders,” said Jon Bunker, President of Sierra Health Services’ Managed
Care Division. “To deliver excellent healthcare in an organized and cost-
effective manner requires the right partners. Allscripts has demonstrated a
unique expertise in automating physicians, which will ultimately help us achieve
our quality and financial goals.”

As a provider to managed care patients, SMA requires solutions that can improve
patient care while simultaneously managing costs, noted Joseph Kaufman, M.D.,
President of Southwest Medical Associates.

“To be successful, healthcare technology solutions must first benefit physicians
and their patients, but also need to benefit managed care providers,” stated
Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
“TouchWorks unique combination of physician automation tools and decision
support offers value to all of the participants in the healthcare equation.”

Additionally, clinical reference information, when managed effectively, can have
a positive impact on healthcare. Pocket Library(TM), Allscripts series of
clinical reference electronic titles, enables physicians to quickly access the
right data they need at the point of care, enabling better care immediately and
avoiding costly mistakes in the future.

“Pocket Library gives our physicians access to the knowledge contained in six
medical reference books in the same handheld device they use for e-prescribing
and dictation,” said Kaufman. “When physicians have access to the information
they need at the moment they need it, they can make better decisions that
benefit their patients.”

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 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); Compaq (NYSE: CPQ); Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX);
and Merck-Medco.

TouchWorks and Pocket Library are trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
Visit Allscripts on the Web at .

About Southwest Medical Associates

Southwest Medical Associates is a multi-specialty provider organization with
approximately 150 physicians and 11 medical clinics throughout Las Vegas,
Nevada. Southwest Medical Associates is a subsidiary of Sierra Health Services,
Inc., (NYSE: SIE). Sierra Health Services, also based in Las Vegas, is a
diversified health care services company that operates health maintenance
organizations, indemnity and workers’ compensation insurers, military health
programs, preferred provider organizations and multi-specialty medical groups.
Sierra’s subsidiaries serve nearly 1.3 million people through health benefit
plans for employers, government programs and individuals. For more information,
visit the company’s website 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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CONTACT:          Dan Michelson, Vice President of Marketing of Allscripts
Healthcare Solutions, +1-800-654-0889, Ext. 4330,


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