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Scripps Health Selects Allscripts for Electronic Health Record

CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO, April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts today announced that Scripps Health has selected the Allscripts Enterprise(R) Electronic Health Record (EHR) to automate its electronic prescription orders, lost charge capture and clinical quality solutions for nearly 550 physicians in its 19 outpatient clinics in San Diego County.


Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system with 2,600 affiliated physicians and five acute-care hospital campuses serving half a million patients in San Diego County each year. Scripps will implement the Electronic Health Record for its physicians in Scripps Clinic, with nearly 450 physicians in 50 medical specialties, and Scripps Coastal Medical Center, a primary care group with more than 100 physicians in offices and outpatient centers across San Diego County.

The Allscripts Electronic Health Record automates everyday clinical tasks while electronically connecting physicians and other healthcare providers to laboratories, pharmacies, insurers and other key health care stakeholders. The Electronic Health Record delivers access to patient information anywhere at anytime, whether providers are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at home. It also provides physicians with robust tools for documentation and orders, preloaded connections to a wide range of medical devices and third-party software, and support for pay-for-performance and quality initiatives.

In tandem with the Electronic Health Record, Scripps will implement the Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS), a powerful tool that delivers clinical decision support information at the point of care. CQS also automates the time-consuming process of participating in private and public Pay-for-Quality and Pay-for-Performance programs, which pay physicians bonuses for improving the health of their patients. Working in the background, CQS extracts and compiles quality measures - such as a patient's cholesterol levels or blood pressure - from the Electronic Health Record, practice management system and outside laboratories. The solution then completes the highly detailed reporting process required by Pay for Quality programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), administered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

Scripps expects CQS to improve their ability to participate in PQRI, which pays physicians a bonus to report on specific quality measures. Scripps also anticipates that revenue from another CMS incentive program, which pays physicians up to a 2 percent bonus on their annual Medicare billings for using electronic prescribing, will help to offset some of the costs of the Electronic Health Record.

"We felt comfortable selecting Allscripts based on their success with similar medical groups of our size and our belief that we could recoup a large portion of the cost of the system via CMS bonuses for PQRI and e-prescribing," said Patric Thomas, Corporate Vice President, Information Services for Scripps Health.

Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, commented, "Scripps Health is well known as one of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in the world. Their selection of Allscripts as their electronic health information partner, after a lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process, reinforces the strength of our vision of connecting physicians to information they need to deliver better healthcare as well as our record of providing solutions to physicians that are both affordable and usable. Scripps also acknowledged that the incentives available today, as well as those coming from the federal Stimulus program, were also important considerations in their decision that the time is now to move forward."

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,700 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers. Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. In 2008, Scripps committed more than $150 million in capital and facility improvements across the San Diego region while providing significant charity care to the community - more than $268 million in uncompensated care in 2008. Scripps Health Foundation generated $46 million in charitable donations in 2008 to support the Scripps mission.

Scripps Health includes: Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, two Scripps Mercy Hospital campuses, 10 Scripps Clinic locations, nine Scripps Coastal Medical Center locations, Scripps Home Health Care Services and Scripps Clinical Research Services. More information can be found at

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

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 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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