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Governor Honored for Founding Initiative to Enable Every New Hampshire Doctor
                   to Electronically Prescribe Medications

CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts, (Nasdaq: MDRX), the
leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions
that physicians use to improve healthcare, today announced that New Hampshire
Gov. John Lynch has been awarded the first “NEPSI Leadership Award” from the
National Electronic Prescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI), a coalition
of the nation’s leading healthcare and technology organizations who joined to
provide free electronic prescribing technology for every physician in America.
Gov. Lynch was recognized for his efforts to improve patient safety and reduce
medication errors by creating the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative.
The New Hampshire initiative recently launched a statewide electronic
prescribing program for every physician office in the Granite State, in
partnership with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire (Anthem), and
with the support of Sprint and NEPSI.


“We salute Governor Lynch for his leadership in creating the New Hampshire
Citizens Health Initiative, and for his visionary support of ePrescribing as a
means of enhancing patient safety,” said NEPSI Co-Chair and Allscripts Chief
Executive Officer Glen Tullman. “Last Fall, Governor Lynch announced his goal
to make New Hampshire the first state in the nation where all health care
providers can prescribe medications electronically. In taking unprecedented
action to help reach that goal, Governor Lynch has set an example that we hope
all of the nation’s governors will emulate.”

NEPSI is led by Allscripts and national sponsor Dell Computers, Inc., the
world’s leading computer company. Other companies sponsoring NEPSI include
Aetna, Cisco Systems, eRx Networks, Fujitsu Computers of America, Google —
the coalition’s Search Sponsor — Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, Microsoft,
NaviMedix, Quest Diagnostics, Sprint Nextel, SureScripts, Anthem parent
company WellPoint, and Wolters Kluwer Health.

Electronic prescribing enables a licensed practitioner to generate a
prescription electronically and then transmit it securely to a pharmacy. The
New Hampshire program offers physicians free access to eRx NOW(TM) — the
web-based NEPSI electronic prescribing application provided free of charge by
Allscripts — a free mobile pocket PC from Sprint Nextel, and a discounted
Sprint wireless telecommunication plan that will enable them to access
real-time patient eligibility, formulary, and medication history information
from any internet enabled PC, or anywhere a cell phone signal is available.
Physicians with these tools can write and renew prescriptions anytime,
anywhere, for all of their patients, not just Anthem members.

“Moving to electronic prescriptions is an important step forward in
improving health care efficiency, controlling costs, reducing medical errors
and increasing patient safety,” said Gov. Lynch. “With e-prescribing,
physicians and their office staffs will benefit from access to online
information about potential hazardous drug-to-drug interactions and drug
allergy reactions, making it easier to prescribe the right drug, with the
proper dosage, the first time.”

State Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, said electronic prescribing is a
significant improvement to the lives of parents like her who have a
chronically ill child. “As the mother of a young man who has nine doctors and
at least fifteen prescription medications, I am very enthusiastic about
ePrescribing,” Sen. Hassan said. “Patients and families need a safe, high
quality, and efficient medical system, that respects their time and quality of
life and the New Hampshire program represents a significant step towards
achieving that. I congratulate Governor Lynch for well deserved recognition
and salute the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative.”

Frank Opelka, M.D., NEPSI Co-Chair, Chief Executive Officer of LSU
Healthcare Network in New Orleans, and Associate Dean for Healthcare Quality
and Safety at Louisiana State University Medical School, added his
congratulations, saying “Gov. Lynch’s endorsement of electronic prescribing
sends a powerful message about the importance of avoiding medication errors
and improving patient safety. We hope more states will emulate Gov. Lynch’s
commitment to patients and urge more physicians to promptly move to electronic

The NEPSI coalition was launched in January 2007 to address the public
crisis surrounding preventable medication errors, which injures at least 1.5
million Americans and claims more than 7,000 lives each year (Institute of
Medicine, 2006).

Interested prescribers can visit the NEPSI web site,, to register for eRx NOW.


The National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) is a coalition
of the nation’s most prominent technology companies and leading healthcare
organizations dedicated to improving patient safety by providing free access
to simple, safe and secure electronic prescribing for every physician in
America. NEPSI includes national sponsors Allscripts and Dell; executive
sponsors Cisco, eRx Networks, Fujitsu, Microsoft, NaviMedix, Quest
Diagnostics, Sprint Nextel and Wolters Kluwer Health; healthcare sponsors
Aetna, Horizon BCBS of New Jersey and WellPoint; connectivity sponsors
SureScripts; and search sponsor Google. The NEPSI offering also is supported
by a growing number of academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks
and physician groups across the U.S. who are leading the rollout of the NEPSI
electronic prescribing solution eRx NOW, within their states and regions. For
more information, visit NEPSI on the web at
eRx(R) is a federally registered trademark belonging to eRx Network, LLC, and
Allscripts’ use is pursuant to license.

About Allscripts

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

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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
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CO:  Allscripts; National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative; NEPSI
ST:  Illinois, New Hampshire

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