SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb 18, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —
Award Recognizes Leadership in Implementation of TouchWorks EMR
exhibition floor of the Healthcare Information Management Specialist Society
(HIMSS) 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition, a panel of independent healthcare
industry experts honored Don Caruso, M.D., Department Chair of Family Practice
at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in Keene, New Hampshire, as
this year’s recipient of Microsoft’s Physician of the Year Award. The award was
based on Caruso’s innovative use of the TouchWorks(TM) suite of electronic
medical record (EMR) and information applications from Allscripts Healthcare
Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), integrated with the practice’s enterprise information
system to measurably improve the quality and cost of patient care. Caruso was
one of three finalists out of a field of 19 physician entries for the award.
“First and foremost, TouchWorks provided our physicians the ability to easily
and rapidly find and communicate information — this really improves the way we
care for patients,” said Caruso. “At the same time, by driving process
improvement, TouchWorks has also provided our practice with a real return on our
DHMC-Keene has realized significant savings due to operational efficiencies
enabled by TouchWorks. The practice has already reduced the need to pull charts
by approximately 50% and is rapidly progressing towards a completely paperless
“Dr. Caruso has demonstrated strong leadership in driving adoption of
information technology with physicians at DHMC-Keene,” stated Dr. Ahmad Hashem,
M.D., PhD, Global Healthcare Productivity Manager at Microsoft. “He has deployed
TouchWorks with an approach that was not only agreeable to physicians, but made
them excited about leveraging information technology in how they practice
“For the second year in a row, we’re proud to have another TouchWorks physician
user recognized as a leader in their use of clinical software solutions to
improve patient care,” commented Peter Geerlofs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. “We applaud his exemplary use of leading-edge
technology to deliver better patient care more efficiently and cost
effectively.” A number of the other finalists for this award also utilize the
TouchWorks applications in their practices.
About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is a leading provider of clinical software and
information solutions for physicians. The Company’s TouchWorks software is a
modular electronic medical record that enhances physician productivity using a
wireless handheld device, Tablet PC, or desktop workstation to automate the most
common physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges,
ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and documenting
clinical encounters. Additionally, AHS provides patient compliance and
healthcare product education services for physicians through its Physicians
Interactive business and also provides medication fulfillment services. AHS
provides software and 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 AHS on the Web at www.allscripts.com .
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 www.sec.gov .
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