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CHICAGO, Oct 24, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —

Decision Opens Door for TouchWorks to Over 7,000 Sutter Physicians

Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point- of-care
decision support tools for physicians, announced today that Sutter Health
designated Allscripts as a “Preferred Vendor” for its TouchWorks(TM) mobile
applications. As a result, physician practices and physician service
organizations within the Sutter Health network throughout more than 100 Northern
California communities will now have access to the Allscripts TouchWorks
solution and will begin to install it within the Sutter Health system. Sutter
Health, the parent company of the not-for-profit healthcare network, uses the
Preferred Vendor program to control costs, build relationships with their
vendors, and provide reviewed and approved products to the facilities within
Sutter Health.

Conditions for Selection: Integration, Mobility, and Service

In selecting a Preferred Vendor, Sutter Health based their decision on three key
criteria: integration, mobility, and service. First, Sutter Health needed a
solution that could integrate with their Preferred Vendor for practice
management solutions, IDX Systems. Through an exclusive, 10-year agreement
between Allscripts and IDX, TouchWorks integrates easily and smoothly with IDX
practice management systems. Second, Sutter Health needed a mobile solution that
could deliver clinical support tools anytime and anywhere. As a leader in
wireless, point-of-care technology, Allscripts delivers TouchWorks through
wireless local area networks (WLAN) using handheld PDA and Tablet PC devices.
TouchWorks can also be deployed on desktop workstations.

“Integration and mobility are critical to physician adoption and utilization of
the Allscripts solution,” noted Tim Hearing, Vice President and Chief
Information Officer of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “To be useful to
our physicians, an application must communicate with our existing IDX system,
must be seen as a valued technology by our physicians and must be able to expand
into a wide range of areas where our physicians work.”

Third, Sutter Health required a vendor capable of implementing and servicing
their chosen solution. After over a year of experience with the TouchWorks
solution, Sutter Health has been very pleased with the service they have
received from Allscripts, and feels that the past and current installations have
been executed in a manner that has aided in their success.

“We’re pleased with the results we’ve seen from Allscripts in both their
products and their service,” said Darrel Schmucker, Information Technology
Director of Sutter Medical Foundation. “Allscripts has worked very hard to
ensure that everything works smoothly for our physicians.”

Allscripts Prepares to Roll Out TouchWorks

“We look forward to working with Sutter Health to implement the TouchWorks
solution across their network,” commented Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer
of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. “We’re pleased with Sutter Health’s
overwhelming vote of confidence in our product, our service, and our ability to
partner, both with our clients as well as key service providers like Microsoft,
HP, Intel and IDX.”

About Sutter Health

Sutter Health is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of
community-based health care providers, delivering high-quality care in more than
100 Northern California communities. It is also the regional leader in infant
deliveries, neonatology, orthopedics, pediatrics and cancer care services.
Sutter Health supports more than two dozen locally run acute care hospitals as
well as physician organizations; medical research facilities; region wide home
health, hospice and occupational health networks; and long- term care centers.

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 wireless PDAs, Tablet PCs, or
desktop workstations 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
interactive physician education services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and
medical device companies through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit.

Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health (NYSE: RX);
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT); HP (NYSE: HPQ); Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX); and
Medco Health.

TouchWorks 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 .

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SOURCE Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

CONTACT:          Dan Michelson, Vice President of Marketing, +1-800-654-0889,
Ext. 4330, , or Paul Peterson, Senior Marketing
Manager, +1-847-680-3515, Ext. 4475, , both of
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions


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