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Hospital Leverages Federal Rule-Change Allowing Donations of Technology to
Physicians; Goal Is to Build Community-Wide Patient Record for Northwest Ohio

CHICAGO and MAUMEE, Ohio, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts,
the leading provider of clinical software and information solutions that
physicians use to improve healthcare, announced today that St. Luke’s Hospital
has selected the Allscripts integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) and
Practice Management (PM) solution to automate and connect clinical and
administrative processes for 100 physicians.


The agreement with Allscripts takes advantage of recent changes to the
federal Stark regulations that now allow hospitals to provide certain
assistance to non-employed physicians in purchasing healthcare information
technology. St. Luke’s will host the Allscripts solution and subsidize its
cost and ongoing maintenance for employed and independent members of its
medical staff.

“By offering our physicians the Allscripts electronic health record and
practice management solution, we can provide a seamless connection to critical
patient information along the entire continuum of care,” said Daniel Wakeman,
President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s. “Our goal is to develop
a hospital-based community model under which St. Luke’s Hospital and
eventually all of the medical groups in northwestern Ohio join to offer truly
integrated patient care.”

St. Luke’s Hospital, the only independent hospital in the Toledo area, has
600 affiliated physicians who care for more than 165,000 patients annually.
The non-profit healthcare system is ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals
nationwide for cardiac surgery, according to HealthGrades.

Eric Perron, Director of Information Technology for St. Luke’s, said the
hospital selected Allscripts based on the company’s success in deploying the
Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solution for other
hospital-based organizations.

“Allscripts is the type of company that we like to partner with — a
company with a strong vision, great leadership, and that’s small enough to be
nimble but big enough that we know they will not disappear,” said Perron.
“Many physicians in the community had already been looking at electronic
health records, and when we brought Allscripts to the table it was obvious to
everyone that they had the best solution and they could grow with us.”

In addition to the integrated Electronic Health Record and Practice
Management solution, St. Luke’s will provide its patients with Allscripts
iHealth — a secure, online Personal Health Record and patient-provider
communications service from Medem. St. Luke’s also is exploring hosting
Allscripts for physicians affiliated with several other Toledo-area hospitals.
The hospital hopes to make the EHR-PM solution the focus of a community-wide
patient record and patient portal that would provide patients, physicians and
hospitals across the region with access to critical information when and where
it’s needed.

“We are proud that St. Luke’s Hospital has chosen Allscripts to help
develop an end-to-end community care model based on immediate access to
patient information, anytime and anywhere,” said Allscripts Chief Executive
Officer Glen Tullman. “St. Luke’s leadership will make it easier for
community physicians in northwestern Ohio to improve the quality of care they
deliver and ultimately lower the cost of running a medical practice. It’s
exciting to be a part of the future of healthcare.”

The Allscripts Electronic Health Record delivers instant access to patient
information when and where physicians need it — at the hospital, in their
offices, or while on-call at home. The web-based solution automates everyday
clinical tasks such as prescribing and refilling medications, ordering and
reviewing tests, and documenting patient care.

Allscripts Practice Management combines sophisticated scheduling and
Revenue Cycle Management tools to help physician practices become more
productive while improving service to patients. Fully integrated with the EHR,
Allscripts Practice Management helps physician practices to manage and reduce
outstanding accounts receivable; reduce billing errors that delay cash flow;
and access information to improve efficiency and provide valuable insight into
the practice.

St. Luke’s will integrate Allscripts with its inpatient information
systems, enabling physicians to view the charts, schedules, lab results and
radiology results of their hospitalized patients.

About St. Luke’s Hospital

Located in Maumee, St. Luke’s Hospital is the only independent hospital in
the Toledo area. Each year, this non-profit health care organization cares for
more than 165,000 patients. Its 1,500 employees and more than 600 physicians
provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services including cardiac,
oncology, labor and delivery, medical/surgical, pediatric, critical and
emergency care. According to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in
America Study, St. Luke’s ranks among the top 10 percent in the nation for
cardiac surgery and was rated best in the region for cardiac surgery and
overall orthopedic services. The study, the largest of its kind, analyzed
patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals over the
years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) is the leading provider of clinical software,
connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve
healthcare. The company’s unique solutions inform, connect and transform
healthcare, delivering improved care at lower cost. More than 40,000
physicians and thousands of other healthcare professionals in clinics,
hospitals and extended care facilities nationwide utilize Allscripts to
automate everyday tasks such as writing prescriptions, documenting patient
care, managing billing and scheduling, and safely discharging patients, as
well as to connect with key information and stakeholders in the healthcare
system. To learn more, visit Allscripts 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 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site
maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at

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