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CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO, April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts today
announced that Scripps Health has selected the Allscripts Enterprise(R)
Electronic Health Record (EHR) to automate its electronic prescription orders,
lost charge capture and clinical quality solutions for nearly 550 physicians
in its 19 outpatient clinics in San Diego County.


Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system with
2,600 affiliated physicians and five acute-care hospital campuses serving half
a million patients in San Diego County each year. Scripps will implement the
Electronic Health Record for its physicians in Scripps Clinic, with nearly 450
physicians in 50 medical specialties, and Scripps Coastal Medical Center, a
primary care group with more than 100 physicians in offices and outpatient
centers across San Diego County.

The Allscripts Electronic Health Record automates everyday clinical tasks
while electronically connecting physicians and other healthcare providers to
laboratories, pharmacies, insurers and other key health care stakeholders.
The Electronic Health Record delivers access to patient information anywhere
at anytime, whether providers are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at
home. It also provides physicians with robust tools for documentation and
orders, preloaded connections to a wide range of medical devices and
third-party software, and support for pay-for-performance and quality

In tandem with the Electronic Health Record, Scripps will implement the
Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS), a powerful tool that delivers
clinical decision support information at the point of care. CQS also
automates the time-consuming process of participating in private and public
Pay-for-Quality and Pay-for-Performance programs, which pay physicians bonuses
for improving the health of their patients. Working in the background, CQS
extracts and compiles quality measures – such as a patient’s cholesterol
levels or blood pressure – from the Electronic Health Record, practice
management system and outside laboratories. The solution then completes the
highly detailed reporting process required by Pay for Quality programs such as
the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), administered by the federal
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

Scripps expects CQS to improve their ability to participate in PQRI, which
pays physicians a bonus to report on specific quality measures. Scripps also
anticipates that revenue from another CMS incentive program, which pays
physicians up to a 2 percent bonus on their annual Medicare billings for using
electronic prescribing, will help to offset some of the costs of the
Electronic Health Record.

“We felt comfortable selecting Allscripts based on their success with
similar medical groups of our size and our belief that we could recoup a large
portion of the cost of the system via CMS bonuses for PQRI and e-prescribing,”
said Patric Thomas, Corporate Vice President, Information Services for Scripps

Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, commented, “Scripps
Health is well known as one of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in
the world. Their selection of Allscripts as their electronic health
information partner, after a lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process,
reinforces the strength of our vision of connecting physicians to information
they need to deliver better healthcare as well as our record of providing
solutions to physicians that are both affordable and usable. Scripps also
acknowledged that the incentives available today, as well as those coming from
the federal Stimulus program, were also important considerations in their
decision that the time is now to move forward.”

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health
is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif.
Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of
2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,700 employees among its five acute-care
hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network
of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers. Recognized as a leader
in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the
forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. In 2008,
Scripps committed more than $150 million in capital and facility improvements
across the San Diego region while providing significant charity care to the
community – more than $268 million in uncompensated care in 2008. Scripps
Health Foundation generated $46 million in charitable donations in 2008 to
support the Scripps mission.

Scripps Health includes: Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital
Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, two Scripps Mercy Hospital
campuses, 10 Scripps Clinic locations, nine Scripps Coastal Medical Center
locations, Scripps Home Health Care Services and Scripps Clinical Research
Services. More information can be found at

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.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click
appropriate link. Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer

SOURCE Allscripts – 04/02/2009

CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217,,
or Todd Stein, Senior Manager/Public Relations,
both of Allscripts; or
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