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East Jefferson General Hospital Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record, Offers Free Electronic Prescribing for Affiliated New Orleans-Area Physicians
Date:6/30/2008

Hospital Leverages Federal Rule-Change Allowing Donations of Technology to

Community Physicians

CHICAGO and METAIRIE, La., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced today that East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) for 138 of its employed and affiliated physicians, in the first phase of an anticipated deployment to all of the hospital's affiliated physicians. The New Orleans-area hospital also will offer Allscripts electronic prescribing technology at no charge to other medical staff who are not using the Electronic Health Record at this time.

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In deploying the Allscripts Electronic Health Record for physicians in its owned medical group as well as affiliated physicians, EJGH is leveraging recent changes to the federal Stark regulations which allow hospitals to subsidize the purchase of healthcare information technology for non-employed physicians.

"By offering physicians in the East Bank of Jefferson Parish the Allscripts electronic health record, we hope to provide a seamless connection to critical patient information throughout the entire continuum of care, anytime and anywhere," said Mark J. Peters, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of East Jefferson General Hospital. "Our goal is to help all of the region's physicians to connect electronically to East Jefferson for truly integrated patient care."

Opened in 1971 as a non-profit hospital in Metairie, adjacent to New Orleans, EJGH today has 450 beds and 3,000 employees. In 2002 the hospital was named Louisiana's first Nurse Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a status that plac
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