CHICAGO and RICHMOND, British Columbia, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that Edge Health Solutions, Inc. has selected the Enterprise version of Allscripts ePrescribe(TM) for 1,000 physicians and dentists who use Edge practice management software, developed specifically to leverage the power of Mac OS X(R).
Canada-based Edge provides US and Canadian physicians and dentists with innovative practice management solutions exclusively for the Apple Mac(R) platform. Edge will provide the Allscripts solution as part of its next generation offerings for Apple desktops, laptops and mobile devices including the iPhone(R) and the new iPod(R) Touch.
"We're proud to partner with Allscripts to provide their industry-leading stand-alone electronic prescribing solution for the increasing numbers of physicians and dentists who are migrating to the Mac OS, which we believe is the most powerful and user-friendly operating system on the market today," said Troy Spracklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edge. "When we asked our current clients which electronic prescribing solution they wanted, the overwhelming response was Allscripts, because everyone knows and trusts the Allscripts name in this industry."
Allscripts transmitted more electronic prescriptions last year over the nationwide Pharmacy Health Information Exchange(TM) than any other e-prescribing vendor, and had the most electronic prescribers connected, according to SureScripts-RxHub, operator of the Exchange. The company is experiencing record-breaking week-over-week subscriber growth in the standalone Allscripts ePrescribe solution, primarily due to a recently-approved Medicare incentive program.
To help spur adoption of electronic prescribing technology, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 authorized the Medicare ePrescribing Incentive Program beginning in January 2009. The program will pay physicians who prescribe medications electronically up to 2 percent of their annual Medicare billings, while physicians who fail to use the technology may be penalized an equal amount after 2012.
"Our partnership with Edge will ensure that physicians are able to realize all the benefits of electronically prescribing medications, no matter which technology platform or operating system they use," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "Electronic prescription technology is an easy point of entry for the nearly three-quarters of US physicians who have yet to implement a full electronic health record. We already have Allscripts ePrescribe clients using Apple products in their practices, including the iPhone, to send their electronic prescriptions safely and securely. Our new partnership with Edge permits these clients and others who prefer Mac to seamlessly migrate their patient's demographic data into Allscripts ePrescribe and begin writing electronic prescriptions in as little as ten minutes."
Allscripts ePrescribe replaces paper prescriptions with web-based technology that provides automatic safety checks and helps to avoid dangerous medication errors attributed to illegible handwriting. Allscripts ePrescribe downloads in minutes and works on virtually any web-enabled device. By enabling physicians to send electronic prescriptions to a patient's preferred pharmacy, the solution saves time and adds efficiency to the process for patients and pharmacists.
Allscripts ePrescribe is offered at no charge to every physician in America via the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative(TM) (http://www.nationaleRx.com), of which Allscripts is the founder and national co-sponsor with Dell, Inc.
Edge will provide Allscripts ePrescribe integrated with its other solutions via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model over the Internet. The SaaS model enables providers to access patient information and prescribe medications from virtually anywhere at anytime.
About Edge Health Solutions, Inc.
Edge Health Solutions, Inc. (EHSI) is a is a privately held Canadian software development company delivering one of today's most innovative practice management solutions exclusively for the Apple Mac(R) platform. EHSI harnesses the unparalleled power of Mac OS X(R) using its proprietary Edge Management Platform(TM) (EMP(TM)) which provides a foundation specifically designed for the seamless integration of the most impressive core technologies and related services known to the healthcare industry. EHSI developed the world's first truly integrated tablet Mac solution with its Edge Clinical ChartBook(TM), a pen based clinical charting and patient education solution available for both its edgeMD (medical) and edgeDMS (dental) software offerings. Edge Health Solutions, Inc. is based in Richmond, British Columbia.
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 http://www.allscripts.com.
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