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Allscripts teams with Microsoft to enable greater online collaboration between
                           physicians and patients

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX), the
leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions
that physicians use to improve healthcare, was featured in today’s launch of
Microsoft HealthVault at a Washington, DC press conference announcing the new
consumer health platform. Allscripts is the first market-leading Electronic
Health Record company to offer its products on the HealthVault platform,
providing physicians a means of sharing health information over the Internet
with their patients.


During the press conference, Allscripts revealed its first product to
connect to HealthVault — eRx NOW(TM), the web-based electronic prescribing
solution offered at no cost to physicians across America as a key part of the
National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative(TM), (NEPSI(TM)), a coalition
of the nation’s leading technology and healthcare organizations, including
Allscripts and Microsoft.

“Allscripts is excited to be the first electronic health record company to
connect to HealthVault, and we applaud Microsoft’s efforts to enable consumers
to create an ‘electronic dialogue’ with their physicians using our
applications and HealthVault,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of
Allscripts and NEPSI Co-Chair, who spoke at today’s news conference as a
member of an industry panel. “More and more, patients want to access their
healthcare information online, to communicate with their physicians, eliminate
the paperwork they have to complete during office visits, and to check their
test results immediately when they’re available.”

Microsoft is particularly well-suited to help address these issues, added
Tullman. “Given its existing footprint and operating platforms as well as its
consumer exposure and brand, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to move
healthcare forward and to motivate others to invest in this area. We believe
this initiative supports our efforts to build an interconnected healthcare
system in which physicians, patients and other stakeholders all work together
to promote wellness, improve the quality of patient care and better manage the
cost of providing that care.”

HealthVault is a consumer-centric platform enabling an environment of new
and existing online health applications and services from a wide variety of
companies to search, store and connect people with their health information,
helping to put them in control of their (and their family’s) health and
wellness. Consumers and physicians who open a HealthVault account can use the
online platform to share their personal health information with whomever they
choose, and across any HealthVault enabled application or service.
HealthVault industry partners such as Allscripts and Medem, the provider of
iHealthRecord(R) personal health record, have made their solutions
HealthVault-compatible to encourage patients and healthcare providers to
exchange beneficial information in an environment of enhanced privacy and

“Allscripts has been a significant contributor to the development of new
connectivity and applications for HealthVault,” said Peter Neupert, corporate
vice president for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “HealthVault’s
cooperative approach with leaders across the industry such as Allscripts is
designed to arm consumers with information, put them in control of their
records, and ultimately, empower them to make better choices regarding their

As the first product from Allscripts to connect to HealthVault, eRx NOW
( will enable its physician users to
share information with patients over the Internet. The Allscripts solution
replaces paper prescriptions with sophisticated technology that automates the
prescription-writing process, helping to avoid dangerous medication errors
attributed to illegible handwriting, and delivering automated safety checks.
By allowing physicians to send electronic prescriptions to a patient’s
preferred pharmacy, eRx NOW saves time and adds efficiency to the process for
patients and pharmacists.

HealthVault lets patients of eRx NOW users receive an electronic copy of
their medication history, conditions, and allergies, which they can then
transfer to their own personal health record or other HealthVault-enabled
consumer health application.

Frank Opelka, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of LSU Healthcare Network
in New Orleans, Associate Dean for both Clinical Affairs and Healthcare
Quality and Safety at Louisiana State University Medical School, and the
Co-Chair of NEPSI, said he welcomed the new functionality that HealthVault

“A growing number of patients are Web savvy and any platform that enhances
patient-physician interactions will help improve their health,” said Dr.
Opelka, who also serves as chairman of the American College of Surgeon’s (ACS)
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, and is a member of Health
and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt’s national Quality Alliance
Steering Committee. “The ability to control and transfer their medication
history and other clinical information into their personal health records
creates a smarter, more engaged patient, and HealthVault will be a great help
to them. In my view, it’s just one more reason why doctors should run, not
walk, to embrace electronic prescribing through NEPSI and, on a broader scale,
electronic health records.”

In addition to enabling more ways to share information with patients,
HealthVault will soon enable patients who monitor their own health using a
HealthVault-enabled device or consumer health application to electronically
transfer that information to their physician for uploading into Allscripts
Electronic Health Records. The company’s Electronic Health Records automate
everyday tasks for physicians — including ordering lab tests and viewing
results, documenting patient visits and tracking their health for enhanced
disease management — while connecting physicians to each other and to every
healthcare stakeholder.

“Very soon, any physician who uses a HealthVault-enabled solution from
Allscripts will be able to retrieve their patient’s information in a variety
of ways to further inform their care decisions,” said Tullman. “The
additional connectivity that HealthVault provides makes it easier for patients
to track their health status and collaborate with their physician to improve
their health.”

(All product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of
their respective owners).

About Allscripts

Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and
information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The
Company’s business units provide unique solutions that inform, connect and
transform healthcare. Allscripts award-winning software applications include
Electronic Health Records, practice management, e-prescribing, document
imaging, emergency department, and care management solutions, all offered
through the Company’s Clinical Solutions units. Additionally, Allscripts
provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians
and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit, and medication
fulfillment services through its Medication Services unit. To learn more,
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 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site
maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at


The National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) is a coalition
of the nation’s most prominent technology companies and leading healthcare
organizations dedicated to improving patient safety by providing free access
to simple, safe and secure electronic prescribing for every physician in
America. The coalition is led by Allscripts and national sponsor Dell, as
well as sponsors Aetna, Cisco Systems, eRx Network, Fujitsu, Google,
Microsoft, NaviMedix, Sprint Nextel, Smart ID Works, SureScripts, WellPoint,
and Wolters Kluwer Health. The NEPSI offering also is supported by a growing
number of academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks and physician
groups across the US who are leading the rollout of the NEPSI electronic
prescribing solution, eRx NOW, within their states and regions. For more
information, visit NEPSI on the web at eRx(R) is
a federally registered trademark belonging to eRx Network, LLC, and
Allscripts’ use is pursuant to license.

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