CHICAGO and GREENSBURG, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that Excela Health, a non-profit health care network serving Western Pennsylvania, has selected the Allscripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the more than 115 physicians it employs in the Excela Health Physician Practices (EHPP).
Excela Health, serving residents of Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayette counties, includes hospitals in Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe and Mount Pleasant. Combined, Excela has some 600 acute care beds and a medical staff of more than 700 physicians and allied health professionals representing 35 specialties. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Excela offers outpatient treatment and specialty care in areas such as heart disease, cancer and physical rehabilitation.
"Our strategy calls for finding ways to enable physicians to improve the quality of the services they deliver, simplify their lives, and to improve their bottom line, and we believe Allscripts will help us accomplish those objectives," said Otto Salguero, Chief Information Officer of Excela Health. "Electronic health records eliminate the inefficiencies of the paper chart, and provide 'best practice' guidelines, automated safety alerts, health management plans and other critical information where it's needed most, at the point of care."
Allscripts Enterprise automates everyday clinical tasks and connects physicians to critical information from other healthcare stakeholders including labs, pharmacies, payers and patients. The Electronic Health Record delivers instant access to critical information at the point of care, whether providers are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at home. By automatically tracking key patient metrics, the web-based solution enhances the way individual physicians practice medicine and enables more effective disease management, health maintenance, and care planning.
Allscripts Enterprise was rated the No. 1 Electronic Health Record in the mid-size physician market by the prestigious research group KLAS, the "Consumer Reports" of healthcare, in the 2008 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report.
Excela Health will also offer Allscripts ePrescribe(TM), a stand-alone Web-based electronic prescribing solution, at no cost to all physicians affiliated with its hospitals to promote safer prescribing and to encourage physicians to adopt automated solutions.
Allscripts ePrescribe, designed to appeal to physicians in solo practice or small groups, requires no download, no new hardware, and minimal training. All prescriptions are instantly checked for drug-to-drug, drug-allergy and other potentially harmful interactions, and users receive real-time notification of insurance formulary status from leading payers, plans and pharmacy benefit managers.
In addition to deploying Allscripts for its employed physician group, Excela has partnered with Allscripts to enable the healthcare organization's growing community of independent physicians to access patient visit documentation and other hospital information electronically, in real-time from their offices or remotely via the Internet. Excela-affiliated physicians can leverage this agreement to acquire Allscripts solutions for their practices.
Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, commented, "Virtually everything we do in our daily lives requires access to the right information at the right time, whether its online banking, financial investment decisions, or even traffic conditions. Yet in healthcare we expect physicians to make critical decisions without access to all the information they need. This has to change and we're excited that Excela has taken a leadership role in providing their physicians and those in their community with better information, which will result in better patient care."
Physicians interested in learning more about Allscripts products should call 1-800-654-0889.
About Excela Health
Excela Health, Westmoreland County's largest employer, joins together some 725 medical professionals in 35 specialties to provide award-winning health care to the residents of Westmoreland County and parts of Fayette and Indiana counties. With a workforce of 4,800, Excela Health offers traditional inpatient care through hospitals in Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe and Mount Pleasant, along with outpatient treatment and specialty services to rank as the region's third largest health care network.
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 www.allscripts.com .
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