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Allscripts interoperability enables linkage with legacy EMR used by 600 New Orleans physiciansCHICAGO and NEW ORLEANS, Aug 07, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Allscripts
(Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software and information
solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced today that
Ochsner Health System has selected Allscripts as their provider of an
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solutions to help
automate and connect clinical and administrative processes for their 600

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The Allscripts solutions provide new functionality that will enhance the
performance of Ochsner’s existing Electronic Medical Record, which will remain
deployed systemwide. Ochsner Health System is one of the largest healthcare
systems in the Gulf Coast region with more than 600 physicians in 80 medical
specialties and subspecialties, and seven hospitals including 473-bed Ochsner
Medical Center. Ochsner was ranked one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S.
News and World Report in July 2007.

“We believe Allscripts will greatly improve our ability to capture patient
information electronically, in a way that interoperates with our existing EMR
platform,” said Warner Thomas, President of Ochsner Health System. “Today,
for example, more than half of our physicians document patient visits through
dictation, which is expensive to transcribe into the electronic record.
Allscripts is intuitive enough that we think those physicians will be
convinced to use it for documentation, saving us the transcription costs while
bringing other benefits, such as better compliance with clinical guidelines
and best practices.”

Ochsner Chief Information Officer Lynn Witherspoon, M. D., said Allscripts
was selected not only for its industry-leading Electronic Health Record but
also for its ability to interoperate with virtually any other healthcare
information technology system.

“Without the architecture that Allscripts has developed, interoperability
would be next to impossible,” said Witherspoon, who is also System Vice
President at Ochsner. “This is far more than just passing data back and forth
— it’s participating in a service architecture. That significant degree of
interoperability is what allows Allscripts to offer solutions in a heavily
automated environment like Ochsner.”

A central part of the Allscripts interoperability strategy is its
Universal Application Integrator(TM) (UAI(TM)), patent-pending architecture
that allows Allscripts to quickly meet client needs by enabling over 70
different third-party devices and applications to “plug-in” to the Electronic
Health Record through a standard interface. With UAI, any vendor can quickly
and easily connect their software and hardware products to Allscripts,
providing Ochsner with a virtually unlimited choice of medical devices and
specialty applications to connect to their Electronic Health Record.

Witherspoon also noted that Allscripts has the proven ability to build
custom integrations, such as incorporating the billing and scheduling elements
of the Allscripts practice management solution into Ochsner’s existing system.
And the modular architecture of the Allscripts Electronic Health Record
enables Ochsner to first deploy just the Note module, which streamlines the
documentation of patient visits with unprecedented levels of ready-to-use
clinical content, advanced health management tools, and an intuitive,
physician-friendly user interface.

“We are proud that Ochsner Health System, one of the premier healthcare
systems in the Gulf Coast region, has selected Allscripts,” said Glen Tullman,
Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “This partnership between Ochsner and
Allscripts comes, in part, from our commitment to interoperability, which we
believe is the only way to build a truly interconnected healthcare system that
delivers better care at lower cost for all Americans.”

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System ( is a non-profit, academic,
multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care,
research and education. The system includes seven hospitals, a sub-acute
facility, and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.
Through its unique coordinated system, Ochsner provides healthcare with peace
of mind because they put the needs of all patients first. Ochsner employs
over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts
over 700 ongoing clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked No. 1
“Best Place to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine in 2005 and 2006 and
received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive

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

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

SOURCE Allscripts

Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217,
or Todd Stein,Senior Manager/Public Relations, +1-312-506-1216,, both of Allscripts; Lynn R. Witherspoon, M.D., System Vice
President, Chief Information Officer of Ochsner Health Care System, +1-504-842-7878,
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