CHICAGO, Sep 19, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —
Leading Tallahassee Practice to Implement Allscripts Modular Clinical Solution
Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care
decision support tools for physicians, announced today that Southern Medical
Group (SMG) selected the full suite of TouchWorks(TM) clinical applications for
their physicians. Leveraging the Allscripts accelerated implementation program,
made possible by the TouchWorks modular design, this leading cardiology and
internal medicine practice expects to go live before year-end.
“Ultimately, the electronic medical record (EMR) will become the national
standard for patient care, and SMG is investing the necessary resources to make
it our standard now,” stated Michael W. Forsthoefel, M.D., President of Southern
Medical Group, P.A. “The TouchWorks modular implementation strategy will enable
our physicians to adopt this EMR technology in the fastest, most efficient and
effective manner possible. Based on our research, Allscripts is substantially
ahead of the market in terms of rapidly bringing physicians live on clinical
Starting later this month, SMG will implement the full TouchWorks suite of
applications using the modular approach to the electronic record, or mEMR(TM).
This unique Allscripts methodology enables physicians to select, implement, and
use initial capabilities immediately, adding more functionality over time to
build the EMR at their own pace.
“Our modular strategy allows our clients to implement valuable solutions to
their business challenges in months, rather than years,” commented Glen Tullman,
Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
TouchWorks integration with SMG’s existing IDX Group Practice Management System
(GPMS) further facilitates the EMR implementation and adoption by linking
clinical and financial activities to drive operational improvements. For
example, when physicians and nurses enter patient encounter charges at the point
of care using TouchWorks Charge(TM) on a personal digital assistant (PDA) the
system instantly enters the data into GPMS; a process that ensures accuracy,
increases efficiency and speeds reimbursement. An exclusive 10-year alliance
between Allscripts and IDX allows the companies to co-develop solutions and
provide integration between TouchWorks clinical applications and IDX practice
management software. SMG has been an IDX customer since 1995.
About Southern Medical Group
Southern Medical Group (SMG) was formed in 1988 by the merger of two prominent
Tallahassee physician groups. The physicians of SMG practice the specialties of
internal medicine and cardiology, providing adult primary and specialty care as
well as consultations for other physicians.
About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is the leading provider of point-of-care
decision support solutions for physicians. The Company’s TouchWorks software
products enhance physician productivity using a wireless handheld device or
desktop workstation to automate the most common physician activities including
prescribing, capturing charges, dictating, ordering labs and viewing results,
providing patient education, and taking clinical notes. The Company also
provides medication fulfillment services. Additionally, Allscripts provides
patient compliance and healthcare product education services for physicians
through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit. Allscripts provides services to
over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.
Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health (NYSE: RX);
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT); HP (NYSE: HPQ); Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX); and
TouchWorks, mEMR, TouchWorks Charge, and Physicians Interactive are trademarks
of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. 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 2001 Annual Report on
Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and
Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov .
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