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One of Connecticut’s Largest Home Care Agencies Automates and Connects
Providers Across 60 Communities

CHICAGO and HARTFORD, Conn., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts
announced today that VNA HealthCare, part of Hartford Healthcare Corporation
(HHCC), selected Allscripts Homecare as its electronic home care system. VNA
HealthCare, which provides home health care, hospice and independent living
services to 60 communities in the Greater Hartford and Greater Waterbury
areas, will use Allscripts Homecare to improve clinical documentation while at
the same time reducing paper and filing.


A trusted and highly regarded home health agency since 1901, VNA
HealthCare provides home health care to more than 30,000 residents of central
Connecticut each year. The agency helps people live independently in their own
homes by offering a full spectrum of home health care ranging from skilled
nursing, hospice, rehabilitation and speech therapy to cardiac nursing. VNA
HealthCare has facilities in Cheshire, Glastonbury, Hartford, Southbury,
Waterbury and Windsor Locks, Conn., from which its staff of 700 delivers
services for patients in the surrounding towns.

VNA HealthCare’s use of Allscripts expands HHCC’s investment in the
company’s solutions. HHCC-owned Hartford Hospital, an 867-bed teaching
hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut Medical School, and
Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, Conn. both utilize Allscripts ED emergency
department information system. Last year HHCC began deploying Allscripts
Enterprise(R) Electronic Health Record (EHR) for 200 physicians in its owned
and affiliated medical groups.

“Home Care organizations are facing increasingly complex challenges,” said
Ellen Rothberg, Chief Executive Officer of VNA HealthCare. “To meet these
challenges, we need to automate our business with a home care software system
that can quickly and easily perform everyday administrative and clinical tasks
while rapidly scaling up to meet growing demand or handle new lines of
business. Allscripts Homecare delivers.”

Allscripts Homecare is designed to improve clinical quality of care,
financial performance, and operational control for large, integrated home care
organizations and small home care companies. Business, clinical, and
scheduling functionality for multiple lines of business–home health, hospice,
and private duty are combined seamlessly in one integrated home care software

“Hartford Healthcare and VNA HealthCare have shown they are national
leaders in the electronic healthcare movement by connecting their caregivers
to the latest information in virtually all of their care settings, from the
hospital to physician offices to their patients’ homes,” said Glen Tullman,
Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “VNA HealthCare’s selection of
Allscripts Homecare also confirms the value of our ongoing partnership with
Hartford Healthcare.”

VNA HealthCare also will implement Allscripts Referral Management, a
system that allows home health, hospice, and private duty agencies to track
all patient referrals in a single system. Agencies automatically receive and
respond to referrals from hospitals, enter referrals from non-electronic
sources, and collect important marketing information. Referrals can be
accepted within minutes instead of days or hours and receiving referrals
automatically eliminates missed or delayed referrals. Allscripts Referral
Management also automatically transfers hospital referral information into
Allscripts Homecare, saving hours of data entry time each day and ensuring the
accuracy of critical patient information.

Nancy Culos, project leader for the Allscripts implementation and former
Vice President of Clinical Operations for VNA Healthcare, said the agency
selected Allscripts based on HHCC’s positive experience with Allscripts
people, service, and solutions. Culos also cited the advanced financial
reporting functionality of Allscripts Homecare, and the ability the software
provides to improve clinical documentation. Culos said the agency also
preferred that Allscripts Homecare is a Microsoft Windows-based system, unlike
the older software it replaces.

“Allscripts is incredibly easy to learn and use with workflow built into
it, so there’s the potential for a lot of efficiencies,” said Culos.
“Essentially, we think of it as an electronic health record for home care,
which we need in order to decrease paper and filing, and enhance the quality
and continuity of care we deliver.”

About VNA HealthCare

VNA HealthCare is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of
individuals by providing a full range of home care, hospice and
community-based health and wellness services. A trusted and highly regarded
home health agency since 1901, VNA HealthCare provides home health care to
residents of 60 towns in central Connecticut and the greater Waterbury area.
For more information visit

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health to
healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000
post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health
of their patients and their bottom line. The company’s award-winning
solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue
cycle management, practice management, document management, medication
services, hospital care management, emergency department information systems
and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys
Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit

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SOURCE Allscripts – 03/05/2009

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