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CHICAGO and FLORENCE, S.C., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts
announced today that Pee Dee Cardiology Associates has selected Allscripts
Professional Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) for
its 16 clinicians in the Pee Dee River region of South Carolina. The agreement
continues Pee Dee’s longstanding partnership with Allscripts in providing
technology solutions for their physicians.


Pee Dee Cardiology’s 13 physicians and 3 mid-level providers are expert in
the treatment, diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular
diseases. Pee Dee had been a Misys Practice Management user since 1987. After
Allscripts merged with Misys Healthcare late last year, the physicians of Pee
Dee Cardiology decided to upgrade to Allscripts Professional EHR and PM.

“AllscriptsMisys has been a great partner with us for years, and the
merger has expanded their product offering, feature functions, and client base
throughout the Carolinas and the nation,” said Alan Blaker, MD, Managing
Partner of Pee Dee Cardiology Associates. “By implementing the Allscripts
electronic health record and practice management solution, we’re continuing
our focus on reinvesting in technology that delivers the highest quality care
to our patients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”

Chief Operating Officer Jerry Vereen said Pee Dee Cardiology’s physicians
selected Allscripts for its user-friendly interface and its ability to
seamlessly integrate the clinical and business aspects of the practice. Also
key to the selection was the recognition, during the current economic
downturn, that Allscripts will help the practice participate in financial
incentive programs managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS). CMS provides thousands of dollars per year in incentives for physicians
who prescribe electronically, who use an Electronic Health Record certified by
the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT),
and who can demonstrate that the EHR has improved the health of their

“A big part of our decision to implement Allscripts is its proven ability
to help practices provide high quality evidence-based care, to communicate
more effectively, and to qualify for government incentive programs like those
available today from CMS,” said Vereen.

To quickly begin e-prescribing, Pee Dee Cardiology will immediately
implement Allscripts ePrescribe, the free stand-alone, Web-based version of
the company’s market-leading electronic prescribing technology. Once the
Electronic Health Record is fully implemented, Allscripts will transfer all
patient data from Allscripts ePrescribe into the EHR and Pee Dee physicians
will begin using the EHR’s integrated e-prescribing module, which uses the
same engine.

“Pee Dee Cardiology is a leading example of the thousands of small and
medium-sized physician groups who have used our legacy Misys practice
management system for many years and now see the opportunity to take their
practices to the next level with our market-leading electronic health record,”
said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Their physicians
also recognize the new federal stimulus package will provide an offset to the
cost of the electronic health record and we’re proud to say that no one else
is better at helping them to deliver on that promise than Allscripts.”

Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record and Practice Management
for small and medium-sized physician practices are easy-to-deploy,
physician-centric solutions that improve the delivery of safe, cost-effective,
high-quality care. The Electronic Health Record provides caregivers instant
and secure access to the complete patient record anytime and anywhere, while
automating everyday clinical tasks and connecting physicians to pharmacies,
laboratories and other healthcare stakeholders. The Practice Management
solution improves the productivity of administrative staff, simplifies patient
record keeping, streamlines billing and improves cash flow, with the
industry’s most user-friendly interface and extensible design. Built on a
single intelligent platform, the Allscripts solutions can be implemented
separately or together to help the clinical and administrative sides of a
practice work hand-in-hand for better communication, improved accuracy and

About Pee Dee Cardiology

Pee Dee Cardiology Associates, P.A., in Florence, South Carolina is a
state-of-the-art cardiology practice with expertise in the treatment,
diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Pee Dee
Cardiology’s 16 providers specialize in the treatment and management of
coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure,
valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, hypertension and lipid management. For
more information visit

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health to
healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000
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, medication services,
hospital care management, emergency department information systems and
homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys
Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events,
developments, the Company’s future performance, as well as management’s
expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to
the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws.
These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, some of which are outlined below. As a result, actual results
may vary materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements.
Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: the
volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles
and the installation process; the possibility that 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; compliance
with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in
laws or regulations in the healthcare industry; possible regulation of the
Company’s software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility
of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified
personnel; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions, manage our
growth and integrate acquisitions; the ability to recognize the benefits of
the merger with Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC (“MHS”); the integration of MHS
with the Company and the possible disruption of current plans and operations
as a result thereof; maintaining our intellectual property rights and
litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to
third-party suppliers; our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate
third-party licensed technology; breach of our security by third parties; and
the risk factors detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including our 2007 Annual Report on Form
10-K available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange
Commission at The Company undertakes no obligation to update
publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

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SOURCE Allscripts – 02/19/2009

CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217,, or Todd Stein,
Senior Manager/Public Relations,
+1-312-506-1216,, both of Allscripts; or
Jerry M.
Vereen, Chief Operating Officer of Pee Dee Cardiology, +1-843-661-8410

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