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Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record to Connect and Automate 85 Physicians

CHICAGO and LAKE WORTH, Fla., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches (MSPB) has selected the Allscripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record (EHR) to automate and connect their 85 physicians.


MSPB is a medical group providing both primary care and specialty care in 33 offices across Palm Beach County, including two full-service diagnostic imaging centers that also offer radiation therapy and physical therapy.

"We wanted an electronic health record that would deliver the efficiencies and cost savings we've come to expect from the technology, but that would also enable us to go to managed care providers and say, 'we now have the tools and information to help you better manage the quality of care patients receive,'" said Manny Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of MSPB. "Allscripts will let us do that by integrating patient information from our different settings so our providers at any point in our organization will know what care a patient needs, and how to keep them well."

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.

MSPB selected Allscripts following a comprehensive review of multiple vendors. The group has used the Misys Tiger(R) practice management solution since 2001 and wanted an Electronic Health Record that would integrate seamlessly with the administrative billing and scheduling system.

"When Misys and Allscripts merged, we immediately included the Allscripts EHR in a pitched battle to find the best product based on performance metrics and review by our physicians," said Fernandez. "Allscripts came out on top not only because our physicians considered it to be the best product but also because of the company's size and stability. Given the consolidation going on, and the investment of our time and energy in training our physicians, we wanted to know that the company we picked would be around for the long term. It was also important for us, especially given the uncertainty in the economy, not to change out our existing practice management system, which has performed well for us over the years, but we needed the assurance that our electronic health record would work in an integrated fashion with what we have. Allscripts was a perfect solution for us."

Along with the Electronic Health Record, MSPB will implement the Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS), which automates the quality reporting requirements of "pay-for-performance" programs and provides additional real-time clinical decision support information to improve the quality of patient care. Government and private pay-for-performance programs aim to lower the overall cost of healthcare by providing financial bonuses to physicians who deliver high quality care.

The CQS Physician Dashboard draws on lab results, recent treatments and other information to provide a snapshot view of a patient's health status while they're in the office. Unlike quality reports that come after the fact, this actionable information enables physicians to immediately take proactive steps such as scheduling follow-up appointments or lab tests for at-risk patients.

"The selection of Allscripts by Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches confirms a key consideration of the merger - that existing Misys practice management users, including over 110,000 physicians nationally, would purchase our Electronic Health Records and overlay them on the solid practice management systems they already have," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "It's also a pleasure to find a group of physicians so committed to their patients and using the EHR not only to improve efficiency, but quality. Using our Clinical Quality Solution, I'm confident that Medical Specialists will be able to demonstrate to their managed care contractors that they are good stewards of their patients' long-term health and wellness, with the ability to improve quality while keeping costs under control."

About Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches

With a network of over 75 of the area's top physicians, Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches is the comprehensive source for medical services across the county. Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches has 30 offices throughout Palm Beach County providing patients with a full range of medical and diagnostic services. From primary care physicians to specialists and diagnostic care, Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches assists patients in finding caring providers for all their medical needs. To learn more, 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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