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Syracuse Orthopedics Specialists, PC and New York Spine & Wellness Center to automate and connect 54 providers

CHICAGO and SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 4, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) today announced that Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) and the New York Spine and Wellness Center (NYS&WC) have jointly selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution to enhance the quality of patient care, improve physician and patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery for their providers in 11 locations across the Syracuse area.


“It is becoming increasingly difficult to consistently deliver the high quality patient care in the most efficient manner without an Electronic Health Record,” said C. Perry Cooke, MD, President of SOS. The group’s 24 orthopedic surgeons and 14 mid-level providers treat sports and work-related injuries and provide overall orthopedic care in seven clinics and an ambulatory surgery center. “We believe our partnership with Allscripts, the industry leader for orthopedic practices, not only will help us deliver enhanced patient care but will improve our operational efficiency while ensuring we meet future regulatory and quality measurement requirements,” Dr. Cooke added.

The physician groups, which share many patients and coordinate patient care, will take advantage of government subsidies for Electronic Health Records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“We had been looking at EHRs for years, but the passage of ARRA made us accelerate the process and select a company with the resources and staying-power to help us qualify for the incentives,” said Robert Tiso, MD, of NYS&WC. The group’s six physicians and 10 wellness care mid-level providers deliver state-of-the-art interventional pain management and medical treatment in three clinics.

Both groups will use the Allscripts Electronic Health Record solution to automate many daily clinical tasks, such as prescribing medications and documenting clinical encounters, while connecting providers to each other and to key healthcare stakeholders including labs, pharmacies and insurers. The Allscripts solution provides extensive orthopedic-specific clinical content, enabling orthopedic and pain-management practices to adapt existing documentation templates for common problems and injuries. It also captures clinical images directly into the patient’s chart, and interfaces with Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) – capabilities that are critical in providing orthopedic care.

The Allscripts Practice Management solution is fully integrated with the Electronic Health Record and features sophisticated scheduling and revenue cycle solutions to improve productivity and bottom-line performance. Both groups will use Allscripts Remote to provide their physicians with virtually anytime-anywhere access to the Electronic Health Record via iPhone(TM), BlackBerry(R) and Windows(R) smart phones.

“Orthopedic and pain management practices need technology solutions that optimize the orthopedic workflow and best practices,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “When they are connected and provided with real-time information at the point of care, physicians are empowered to make better decisions and ultimately improve the health of their patients. We are grateful that both Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists and the New York Pain & Wellness Center selected Allscripts to help them realize that vision.”

About Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC (SOS) is a group of 24 “specialty” trained and focused orthopedic surgeons and 14 mid-level providers committed to helping people lead active lives, treating sports and work-related injuries, detecting osteoporosis, replacing joints, and relieving chronic and acute pain. SOS’s dedicated healthcare team provides customized care to patients at seven conveniently located offices in and around the Syracuse area. Office locations include Camillus, Cicero, Liverpool and Fayetteville along with our own Specialists One-Day Surgery Center. The SOS surgeons service three private hospitals in Syracuse: St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Crouse Hospital and Community General Hospital and treat patients from Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Cortland and Jefferson Counties.

About the New York Spine and Wellness Center

The New York Spine and Wellness Center is the Syracuse region’s premier pain-management center, offering state-of-the-art interventional pain management and medical treatment by board certified pain medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists. NYS&WC’s physicians and staff devote their efforts exclusively to the needs of their patients and the common goal of pain reduction, pain control, and functional improvement. With treatments such as spinal injections, rehabilitation and chiropractic therapies, acupuncture and massage, NYS&WC can tailor a pain management plan suited to each patient’s unique problem to improve their quality of life.

About Allscripts

Allscripts uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 160,000 physicians, 800 hospitals and nearly 8,000 post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company’s award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit

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