Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Allscripts to interface with Google Health

Google has recently unveiled Google Health which allows an individual to keep their heath information online securely. Now Allscripts is interfacing their software with this patient data system. From the press release:

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced that its Allscripts ePrescribe(TM) integration is live with Google Health. The web-based electronic prescribing solution from Allscripts has been offered free of charge to every physician in America via the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative(TM) (NEPSI(TM)), of which Allscripts is a national co-sponsor. Google is the search sponsor of NEPSI.

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The integration between Allscripts and Google products provides physicians with a new means of sharing their patient's medication history securely over the Internet with their patients via Google Health.

"Allscripts ePrescribe with Google Health has definitely made a positive impact on our practice," said Derek J. Kelly, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. "It's so easy to provide this added service with a simple click of a mouse. The potential for reduction of medication errors can't be ignored. And my patients finally have a tool that gives them an organized pathway to heath literacy and the sharing of responsibility for their health care. I would advise every physician to consider using this solution."

Google Health is a new product that allows users to store, organize, and manage their medical records securely online. The product is free to patients and partners who integrate and can be found at http://www.google.com/health. The relationship with Allscripts allows patients to securely transfer their medication history, allergies, and conditions from their physician's Allscripts ePrescribe application to the patient's Google Health account.

"Allscripts views our partnership with Google as another way to improve communication between physicians and their patients," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts and Co-Chair of NEPSI. "This relationship makes it possible for our physicians to create an electronic dialogue with thousands of their patients and provide them with their medication information online. We believe this will enhance the quality of care and could help to prevent potentially harmful drug interactions that injure millions of people each year."

If a patient has a physician who uses the Allscripts ePrescribe solution, they can ask for a secure personal identification number (PIN) from their physician to establish a sharing link between the physician's Allscripts ePrescribe solution and Google Health. Once the sharing relationship is established, the patient is able to securely import their medication history, allergies and conditions into their Google Health Account.

About Allscripts ePrescribe

The Allscripts ePrescribe solution replaces paper prescriptions with sophisticated technology that automates the prescription-writing process, provides automated safety checks and helps to avoid dangerous medication errors attributed to illegible handwriting. By allowing physicians to send electronic prescriptions to a patient's preferred pharmacy, ePrescribing saves time and adds efficiency to the process for patients and pharmacists.

As further incentive, passage of the recent Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 permits physicians to earn revenue for their practices with a two percent bonus paid on all Medicare prescriptions delivered electronically beginning January 1, 2009. The new law also penalizes physicians who do not use the technology, with Medicare pay cuts of up to 2 percent beginning in 2013. The bill allows for some exceptions to the rule.

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 http://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 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov.

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