Extensive Evaluation by AC Group Assesses Over 3,400 Functional Criteria
CHICAGO, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX) announced that TouchWorks(TM)
received a ‘5-Star’ rating in the AC Group 2003 annual report on electronic
medical record (EMR) applications, released at the TEPR Annual Conference and
Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. This report provides physician groups with
one of the most comprehensive evaluations to date of leading EMR applications.
“Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has proven for the second straight year
that TouchWorks is a ‘5-Star’ EMR,” stated Mark Anderson, the report’s author.
“Not only is TouchWorks a strong application, but the company continues to
innovate and improve. This evaluation focused on functionality, and because we
included 700 additional questions in this year’s evaluation, we required
companies to continue to move their applications forward in order to earn 5
The AC Group report is based on 8 months of research and an evaluation
that included 3,436 functional questions divided into 4 methods of operations.
The four methods included:
1. Desktop capability (845 questions) 2. Wireless capability (874 questions) 3. Remote access capability (845 questions) 4. PDA and mobile capability (872 questions)
Anderson continued, “The current pressures in the industry for increased
efficiency and better care delivery, coupled with significant advances in
technology and applications, have enabled EMRs to take center stage. The
challenge with EMRs is that it is very difficult for the average physician
practice to effectively evaluate. This survey can serve as a valuable tool in
the vendor selection process.”
Functional categories included sections on the Institute of Medicine’s
(IOM) requirements for a computerized patient record (CPR), along with
functional questions relating to operational areas including prescriptions,
charge capture, dictation, interface with laboratories, physician order entry,
decision support and alerts security, reporting and documentation.
The ‘5-Star’ rating was awarded based on the fact that TouchWorks was
rated above 90% in desktop, remote, and wireless functionality. 22 EMR
application vendors were included in the evaluation.
For more information about AC Group’s 2003 EMR evaluation, visit the AC
Group Web site at www.acgroup.org . A summary of the EMR report will be made
available the TEPR conference in San Antonio, TX.
About AC Group, Inc.
AC Group, Inc. (ACG) is an information technology advisory and research
service designed to save healthcare industry participants time and resources
in IT decision-making. More than 500 healthcare organizations worldwide have
approached their most critical IT challenges with the help of trusted advisors
from ACG. Since 1972, ACG advisors have been helping IT professionals make
better strategic and tactical decisions. ACG offers clients the advantage of
the finest industry research available anywhere, as well as a resource equally
valuable – the collective hindsight of hundreds of companies whose IT
experiences it has monitored and analyzed in detail. ACG is led by Mark
Anderson. Prior to forming ACG, Mr. Anderson was the worldwide head and VP of
Healthcare for META Group, Inc., the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with West
Tennessee Healthcare, the Corporate CIO for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Health System, the Corporate Internal IT Consultant with the Sisters of
Providence (SOP) Hospitals, and the Executive Director for Management Services
for Denver Health and Hospitals and Harris County Hospital District.
About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is the leading provider of clinical
software and information solutions for physicians. The Company’s TouchWorks
software is a modular electronic medical record that enhances physician
productivity using a wireless handheld device, Tablet PC, or desktop
workstation to automate the most common physician activities including
prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results,
providing patient education, and documenting clinical encounters.
Additionally, AHS provides patient compliance and healthcare product education
services for physicians through its Physicians Interactive(TM) business and
also provides medication fulfillment services. AHS provides software and
services to over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.
Strategic partners include IDX Systems (Nasdaq: IDXC); IMS Health
(NYSE: RX); Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT); Hewlett-Packard Company; Express Scripts
(Nasdaq: ESRX); and Medco Health.
TouchWorks and Physicians Interactive are trademarks of Allscripts
Healthcare Solutions. Visit AHS on the Web at www.allscripts.com .
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 2002 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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