CHICAGO, Oct 24, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —
UTMG Implements TouchWorks Charge in 45 Days
Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care
decision support tools for physicians, announced today that University of
Tennessee Medical Group (UTMG) contracted to add the TouchWorks Rx+(TM),
TouchWorks Dictate(TM), and TouchWorks Document(TM) applications to their
existing TouchWorks(TM) modular electronic medical record (mEMR(TM)). In
addition, UTMG reported that it implemented TouchWorks Charge(TM) for over 100
physicians in less than 45 days.
Originally started as a pilot program for ten physicians, the UTMG Pediatrics
Division requested the charge capture module of TouchWorks for their more than
100 physicians and residents. This division had issues with missing patient
encounters and looked to TouchWorks to address the challenge.
“Our Pediatrics Division averaged 100 patient encounters per day in September,
and TouchWorks Charge captured and recorded 100% of those encounters,” commented
Steve Burkett, President and Chief Executive Officer of UT Medical Group. “Real
results like this along with our physicians’ eagerness to adopt TouchWorks
solutions made our decision to add more modules very easy.”
“When we saw the initial group of physicians using TouchWorks, we quickly
recognized the potential for our group and we knew we had to have it,” said Andy
Spooner, M.D., Division Chief of Pediatrics at UT Medical Group and an early
proponent of integrating the hand-held technology into the clinical setting.
“Given the mobility of doctors and the heterogeneity of their work environments,
mobile computers with software like TouchWorks are a natural fit for most
UTMG Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Systems, Chuck
Fitch, said automating these processes has saved time for both physicians and
staff, enhancing their ability to provide quality patient care. “The program
also gives us better control of patient confidentiality as there are fewer paper
charts lying around and everything is tracked, including who has accessed the
patient’s medical record,” he said.
Following the success of the TouchWorks Charge implementation, UTMG has
contracted with Allscripts for additional functionality. The modular approach
enables practices to implement TouchWorks solutions in less than 90 days as
opposed to traditional electronic medical records, which follow an all-or-
nothing implementation approach and can take 18 months or longer to implement.
“UTMG is a prime example of how practices can rapidly build a full EMR by
selecting a starting point that is critical to their operations, demonstrating
success, and then adding more functionality,” stated Glen Tullman, Chief
Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
Allscripts clinical software will integrate with UTMG’s existing IDX Systems
Corporation solutions for patient access and financial management. UTMG has
utilized IDXtend(R) business performance solutions, including Billing and
Accounts Receivable(TM) (BAR) and Enterprise-wide Scheduling(TM) (EWS) and
Managed Care Application(TM) (MCA) since 1990.
About UT Medical Group
UT Medical Group, Inc. (UTMG) is a private, not-for-profit physician practice
affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of
Medicine in Memphis, Tenn. With nearly 400 doctors in many specialties, UTMG
provides a wide range of health care services to children and adults throughout
the Mid-South. Services include primary and specialty care in the areas of
pediatrics, internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, dermatology,
rheumatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, hepatology,
allergy/immunology, critical care, hematology, urology, ophthalmology, adult and
child psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and otolaryngology (ear,
nose and throat).
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
TouchWorks Rx+, TouchWorks Dictate, TouchWorks Document, TouchWorks, mEMR,
TouchWorks Charge and Physicians Interactive are trademarks of Allscripts
Healthcare Solutions. Visit Allscripts 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 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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