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Pee Dee Cardiology Selects Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Solution
Date:2/19/2009

CHICAGO and FLORENCE, S.C., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that Pee Dee Cardiology Associates has selected Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) for its 16 clinicians in the Pee Dee River region of South Carolina. The agreement continues Pee Dee's longstanding partnership with Allscripts in providing technology solutions for their physicians.

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Pee Dee Cardiology's 13 physicians and 3 mid-level providers are expert in the treatment, diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Pee Dee had been a Misys Practice Management user since 1987. After Allscripts merged with Misys Healthcare late last year, the physicians of Pee Dee Cardiology decided to upgrade to Allscripts Professional EHR and PM.

"AllscriptsMisys has been a great partner with us for years, and the merger has expanded their product offering, feature functions, and client base throughout the Carolinas and the nation," said Alan Blaker, MD, Managing Partner of Pee Dee Cardiology Associates. "By implementing the Allscripts electronic health record and practice management solution, we're continuing our focus on reinvesting in technology that delivers the highest quality care to our patients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible."

Chief Operating Officer Jerry Vereen said Pee Dee Cardiology's physicians selected Allscripts for its user-friendly interface and its ability to seamlessly integrate the clinical and business aspects of the practice. Also key to the selection was the recognition, during the current economic downturn, that Allscripts will help the practice participate in financial incentive programs managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS provides thousands of dollars per year in incentives for physicians who prescribe electronically, who use an Electronic Health Record certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), and who can demonstrate that the EHR has improved the health of their patients.

"A big part of our decision to implement Allscripts is its proven ability to help practices provide high quality evidence-based care, to communicate more effectively, and to qualify for government incentive programs like those available today from CMS," said Vereen.

To quickly begin e-prescribing, Pee Dee Cardiology will immediately implement Allscripts ePrescribe, the free stand-alone, Web-based version of the company's market-leading electronic prescribing technology. Once the Electronic Health Record is fully implemented, Allscripts will transfer all patient data from Allscripts ePrescribe into the EHR and Pee Dee physicians will begin using the EHR's integrated e-prescribing module, which uses the same engine.

"Pee Dee Cardiology is a leading example of the thousands of small and medium-sized physician groups who have used our legacy Misys practice management system for many years and now see the opportunity to take their practices to the next level with our market-leading electronic health record," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "Their physicians also recognize the new federal stimulus package will provide an offset to the cost of the electronic health record and we're proud to say that no one else is better at helping them to deliver on that promise than Allscripts."

Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record and Practice Management for small and medium-sized physician practices are easy-to-deploy, physician-centric solutions that improve the delivery of safe, cost-effective, high-quality care. The Electronic Health Record provides caregivers instant and secure access to the complete patient record anytime and anywhere, while automating everyday clinical tasks and connecting physicians to pharmacies, laboratories and other healthcare stakeholders. The Practice Management solution improves the productivity of administrative staff, simplifies patient record keeping, streamlines billing and improves cash flow, with the industry's most user-friendly interface and extensible design. Built on a single intelligent platform, the Allscripts solutions can be implemented separately or together to help the clinical and administrative sides of a practice work hand-in-hand for better communication, improved accuracy and safety.

About Pee Dee Cardiology

Pee Dee Cardiology Associates, P.A., in Florence, South Carolina is a state-of-the-art cardiology practice with expertise in the treatment, diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Pee Dee Cardiology's 16 providers specialize in the treatment and management of coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, hypertension and lipid management. For more information visit www.peedeecardiology.com.

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 www.allscripts.com.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events, developments, the Company's future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are outlined below. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: the volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles and the installation process; the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; undetected errors or similar problems in our software products; compliance with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in laws or regulations in the healthcare industry; possible regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions, manage our growth and integrate acquisitions; the ability to recognize the benefits of the merger with Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC ("MHS"); the integration of MHS with the Company and the possible disruption of current plans and operations as a result thereof; maintaining our intellectual property rights and litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to third-party suppliers; our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate third-party licensed technology; breach of our security by third parties; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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