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Mercy CIO: ‘The merger of Allscripts and Eclipsys represents the best of all worlds for our patients, with acute, ambulatory and post-acute solutions all coming together’

CHICAGO and MONROE, Mich., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Mercy Memorial Hospital System, a 238-bed community hospital located in metropolitan Detroit, selected Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) as its enterprise-wide health information technology provider, enabling the hospital, its 200 staff physicians, and post-acute providers to connect and collaborate for a team approach to improving patient care.

Mercy Memorial’s implementation will include a full spectrum of Allscripts clinical solutions for the acute, ambulatory and post-acute markets:

  • The Allscripts Sunrise Enterprise(TM) 5.5 integrated suite of solutions, providing a comprehensive acute care Electronic Health Record (EHR) including the market-leading Allscripts computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solution and extended functionality designed specifically to help healthcare organizations meet the “meaningful use” requirements of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as to achieve Stage 7 in the HIMSS Analytics EHR Adoption Model. Sunrise Enterprise includes Helios by Allscripts(TM), an industry-defining open architecture platform designed to promote enhanced exchange of data between disparate software systems while lowering total cost of ownership.

  • The Allscripts EHR and practice management solution for Mercy Memorial’s employed and affiliated physicians, delivered by Mercy Memorial over the Internet in a Software as a Service model, freeing physicians in smaller practices from the need to manage software and hardware issues and allowing for a faster implementation. Allscripts will connect physicians to the hospital, providing Emergency Department discharge summaries, lab and radiology test results and other information critical to staying informed about their patients.

  • The Allscripts Care Management discharge planning solution to streamline patient movement through the hospital and provide continuity of care following discharge to the post-acute care setting and the patient’s home. The Allscripts solution will enable Mercy Memorial’s case managers to automate the process of safely discharging patients to the most appropriate care setting for rehabilitation or long-term care, including Mercy Memorial’s Nursing Center, HomeCare Connection, Home Respiratory Care and Hospice of Monroe.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Allscripts,” said Annette Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Memorial Hospital System. “The Allscripts technology will integrate patient care and communication processes across our hospital system which will further enhance the quality, safety and service provided by our caregivers.”

Allscripts-Eclipsys Merger Drove Decision

Mercy Memorial Chief Information Officer Bruce Kelly said the hospital selected Allscripts after an exhaustive, year-long review based on the ability of Allscripts to deliver a complete enterprise health information solution connecting providers and other healthcare professionals across every one of Mercy Memorial’s care settings. The final decision came in September, shortly after Allscripts announced its merger with Eclipsys Corporation.

“The merger of Allscripts and Eclipsys represents the best of all worlds for our patients, with acute, ambulatory and post-acute solutions all coming together on one platform,” said Kelly. “Our selection of Allscripts, which has the most utilized CPOE product for the hospital and the market-leading EHR and practice management solutions for ambulatory physicians, will help us execute on a key organizational strategy in developing an Accountable Care Organization with our staff physicians.”

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are arrangements intended to allow hospitals, physicians and payers all benefit financially from the reduced health costs associated with higher quality patient care. Kelly said the Allscripts EHR will ensure that ACOs in which Mercy Memorial participates can capture necessary patient data, support care-related transactions such as e-prescribing, and provide clinical decision support for the delivery of evidence-based medicine aligned with ACO quality and efficiency goals.

“We are excited to work with Mercy Memorial to create a connected community of health in which all of their providers in every care setting are equipped with the information they need to deliver world-class patient outcomes,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Allscripts is making it easy for providers to collaborate in traditional settings and in new arrangements like ACOs. We think the result will be what we all want – better care delivered more cost effectively.”

About Mercy Memorial Hospital System

Founded in 1929, Mercy Memorial Hospital is a 238-bed, full-service community hospital that serves Monroe County as well as the eastern section of Lenawee County, southeast Wayne County and Northwest Ohio. As part of the Mercy Memorial Hospital System, the hospital is comprised of more than 200 physicians and is uniquely qualified to meet the healthcare needs of the region. For more information, visit

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company’s clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a connected healthcare community. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: the possibility that the expected synergies, efficiencies and cost savings of the merger with Eclipsys Corporation (“Eclipsys”) will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period; potential difficulties or delays in achieving platform and product integration and the connection and movement of data among hospitals, physicians, patients and others; the risk that the Allscripts and Eclipsys businesses will not be integrated successfully; competition within the industries in which we operate; failure to achieve certification under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act could result in increased development costs, a breach of some customer obligations and could put us at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace; the volume and timing of systems sales and installations, the length of sales cycles and the installation process and the possibility that our products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; undetected errors or similar problems in our software products; the outcome of any legal proceeding that has been or may be instituted against us; compliance with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in laws or regulations in the healthcare industry, including possible regulation of our software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the implementation and speed of acceptance of the electronic record provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; maintaining our intellectual property rights and litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to third-party suppliers and our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate third-party licensed technology; and breach of ours security by third parties. See our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2010 and other public filings with the SEC for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business. The statements herein speak only as of their date and we undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in expectations.

SOURCE Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

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