Iowa Health System to Automate and Connect 11 Emergency Rooms Across the StateCHICAGO and DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug 01, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Allscripts
(Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and
information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, today
announced that Iowa Health System has selected Allscripts as its provider of
an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to automate emergency room
operations and improve access to patient information for nearly 300,000 annual
patient visits in 11 of the organization’s hospitals and urgent care clinics.
Iowa Health System currently has 180 physicians in 31 clinics using Allscripts
as an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Iowa Health System is the state’s first and largest integrated healthcare
system, operating facilities in seven large Iowa communities and Rock Island,
Illinois, and supporting a system of rural hospitals in 14 Iowa communities.
The Allscripts EDIS will replace paper charts and white-board patient tracking
systems in the organization’s Emergency Departments with a fully connected
electronic system that shares information from multiple systems, including the
Allscripts Electronic Health Record.
“Information technology is critical to enhancing the quality and safety of
patient care provided in Iowa Health System’s Emergency Departments,” said
James Mormann, Chief Information Officer of Iowa Health System. “Allscripts
has been a solid partner for our Electronic Health Record initiative and was
the logical choice to help us accelerate our efforts in this mission critical
area of our organization. We believe the EDIS is the best way to share
information between the ED and physicians and to deliver all the information
our providers need to make sound, real-time clinical decisions at the point of
Physicians, nurses and other Emergency Department staff will benefit from
the Allscripts solution’s single-screen view of all ED activity with
comprehensive patient tracking, electronic records, real-time views of all lab
orders and test results, and patient-specific decision support information to
enhance safety. The EDIS 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.
Iowa Health System conducted a comprehensive analysis of EDIS vendors and
selected Allscripts for its comprehensive functionality, ease of
customization, and proven success at the nation’s leading hospitals, where the
Allscripts solution handles millions of Emergency Department visits each year.
Allscripts will connect the ED system and the company’s Electronic Health
Record, which is used by physicians outside the hospital to document patient
care and keep track of their medications.
“In addition to the many benefits of automating emergency operations, our
vision for an integrated healthcare network includes physician access and
interoperability between the Allscripts systems,” said Nancy Ripley, Director
of Clinical Applications for Iowa Health System. “Our ED physicians and
hospitalists, who frequently request access to the Electronic Health Record,
will now be able see a patient’s medical problems as well as what medications
they are on without having to rely on patients for that information.”
Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman commented, “Physicians and
caregivers inside the Emergency Department need instant access to the right
information at the right time. The very definition of emergency speaks to
speed, quick access, and the ability to document and share information
quickly. We’re proud that Iowa Health System has selected Allscripts to help
fulfill their mission of providing comprehensive and connected health care to
their millions of patients.”
About Iowa Health System
Iowa Health System is a community-based organization of physicians,
hospitals, civic leaders and local volunteers who share a vision of
affordable, accessible healthcare. Created in 1995, Iowa Health System is the
state’s first and largest integrated healthcare system. Iowa Health System
operates facilities in seven large Iowa communities and Rock Island, Illinois,
supports a system of rural hospitals in 14 Iowa communities and partners with
physicians and clinics in more than 80 communities in Iowa, western Illinois
and eastern Nebraska. Iowa Health System includes the group practices of Iowa
Health Physicians, Partners in Health, Children’s Hospital Physicians, St.
Luke’s Clinic Network, Trimark Physicians Group and Trinity Physicians Group.
Approximately 450 physicians and allied providers serve patients across Iowa,
western Illinois and eastern Nebraska through these clinics. To learn more,
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 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 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site
maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Todd Stein, Senior ManagerPublic Relations, +1-312-506-1216, email@example.com, both of Allscripts; or Proctor Lureman, Director, Communications of Iowa Health System, +1-515-241-3333, LUREMAPK@ihs.org