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    DES MOINES, Iowa & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2003--

              Iowa's Largest Integrated Healthcare System
      Will Upgrade Over 450 Physicians to Complete TouchWorks EMR

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (AHS) (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading
provider of clinical software and information solutions for
physicians, announced today that Iowa Health System (IHS), Iowa’s
largest integrated healthcare system and current AHS client, has
signed an agreement to expand its use of the TouchWorks(TM) electronic
medical record (EMR) to automate more than 450 physicians. AHS
officials estimated the value of this deal at over $2.6 million

“We’re counting on TouchWorks to help our physicians provide the
best possible care for their patients and also deliver even more
efficiency for our physicians and their practices,” commented Wayne
Schellhammer, Vice President of Physician Services for Iowa Health

Already using the e-prescribing module of the full EMR, Iowa
Health System will upgrade its TouchWorks solution using a modular
approach. While TouchWorks is a full EMR and can be implemented as
such, the modular approach enables physicians to adopt one or a few
modules of the full solution first, get comfortable, and then add more
functionality over time, progressing to a full EMR at their own pace.
Focusing on physician workflow, the modular approach eases the change
from paper processes to the TouchWorks EMR, leading to higher
physician utilization and a more rapid return on investment (ROI).

“The key to a successful EMR is physician utilization, and the
modular approach helps physicians adopt the clinical automation
solutions that help them care for patients,” stated Glen Tullman,
Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. “The
modular approach is central to the TouchWorks solution.”

Iowa Health System will integrate TouchWorks with its existing IDX
Groupcast Practice Management System. The integration of TouchWorks
and Groupcast will directly link clinical and financial activities and
drive operational improvements.

About Iowa Health System

The Iowa Health System consists of 11 hospitals in seven Iowa and
Illinois communities including Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort
Dodge, the Quad Cities, Sioux City and Waterloo. In addition, it
supports 14 rural hospitals throughout the Iowa Health System
Community Network. Iowa Health also partners with more than 450
physicians practicing in more than 80 communities in Iowa, western
Illinois and eastern Nebraska. Iowa Health System is a community-based
organization of physicians, hospitals, civic leaders and volunteers
who are open to new approaches and share a vision of affordable,
accessible healthcare.

About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (AHS) is the leading provider of
clinical software and information solutions for physicians. The
Company’s TouchWorks(TM) software is a modular electronic medical
record that enhances physician productivity using Tablet PCs, wireless
handheld devices or desktop workstations to automate the most common
physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing
charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient
education, and documenting clinical encounters. AHS also offers
electronic document imaging and scanning solutions through its
Advanced Imaging Concepts subsidiary. Additionally, Allscripts
provides healthcare product education and market research programs for
physicians through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit and medication
fulfillment services through its Allscripts Direct(TM) unit. Visit AHS
on the Web at

Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health
(NYSE: RX); Microsoft; Hewlett-Packard Company; and Medco Health.

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 2002
Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained
by the Securities and Exchange Commission at

    CONTACT: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Contacts:
             Dan Michelson, 847-680-3515 Ext. 4330
             Paul Peterson, 847-680-3515 Ext. 4475

    SOURCE: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
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