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Hospital Group to Automate Emergency Department and Connect Caregivers

CHICAGO and LYNCHBURG, Va., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts
announced today that Centra has selected Allscripts ED(TM) (formerly
HealthMatics(R) ED) Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to automate
emergency operations and improve access to clinical information.


Nonprofit Centra has two main hospitals: Lynchburg General Hospital in
Lynchburg, a 358-bed critical care facility that is the area’s regional center
for emergency medicine, with 88,000 annual Emergency Department visits; and
Virginia Baptist Hospital, a 160-bed facility that has received Press Ganey’s
prestigious Summit Award for achievement in patient satisfaction. In January
2006, Southside Community Hospital in Farmville joined Centra as an affiliate.

Centra will initially implement Allscripts in the ED at Lynchburg General
Hospital, and in the process replace its existing electronic patient tracking

“At Centra, we believe technology is essential to the delivery of
excellent patient care, and Allscripts is clearly a technology leader,” said
E.W. Tibbs, Senior Vice President of Operations for Centra Health. “A basic
tracking board is a short-term solution to the long-term challenges facing
most emergency departments. Allscripts ED is the solution that will help us
gain efficiency, improve outcomes and, we believe, ultimately contribute to
the bottom line.”

Allscripts ED electronically streamlines processes for the entire
Emergency Department, including tracking, triage, nurse and physician
charting, disposition and reporting. Integrated features include “one-click”
access to individual patient charts, the ability to view multiple charts
simultaneously, to track the entire patient treatment experience at a single
glance, and alerts that notify the clinician of overdue treatment times,
medication conflicts and conflicting orders.

The Allscripts solution also features remote chart access for community
caregivers and hospital staff, so they can securely access an ED patient’s
chart via the Web without logging into the ED solution. Additionally, its
sophisticated analytics identifies workflow bottlenecks that slow care
delivery, and monitors quality outcomes to ensure better care.

“Emergency Automation makes nurses and physicians more efficient while
improving patient care, and our ability to track quality outcomes,” said Peggy
Pollard, R.N., Director of Clinical Informatics. “The new forms library will
make it easier for physicians and nurses to document care.”

The Allscripts ED Forms Library provides pre-built clinical decision
support guides that enable physicians to quickly and accurately document and
manage the most common types of patient encounters. Additionally, Form
Builder enables caregivers to create new forms within the EDIS or transfer
existing paper forms into the system, making it easier for physicians to
transition from paper to electronic recordkeeping.

“Physicians and caregivers inside the Emergency Department not only need
instant access to the right information at the right time, they need an EDIS
solution that’s makes the process of managing and caring for patients safer,
faster, and easier,” said Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman.
“We’re pleased that Centra Health has chosen Allscripts ED to help fulfill
their vision of leveraging technology to provide superior patient care to
their community.”

Centra will integrate Allscripts ED with its McKesson Horizon Clinicals
hospital inpatient information system, enabling interoperability of all
clinical and financial information between the Emergency Department and the

About Centra

Centra, a nonprofit healthcare system, was founded in December 1986 with
the merger of Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist
Hospital. In January 2006, Southside Community Hospital in Farmville joined
Centra as an affiliate. With more than 5,000 skilled health care
professionals, Centra provides comprehensive medical care in a variety of
settings. For more information, visit

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health to
healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000
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 AllscriptsMisys
Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit

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