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Iowa's Largest Health System Launches First-in-the-Nation Statewide Electronic Prescribing
Date:10/12/2009

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iowa's largest integrated health care system and the nation's largest provider of electronic prescribing software today announced the launch of an initiative to convert a majority of the state's physicians from paper prescriptions -- known to be the cause of costly medical errors -- to electronic prescribing.

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The new partnership between Iowa Health System and Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX), called ePrescribe Iowa, will offer a free Web-based e-prescribing solution to physicians throughout Iowa. Less than three percent of all prescriptions written in Iowa in 2008 -- the last year for which statistics are available -- were produced using e-prescribing software, according to Surescripts, a company that connects prescribers in all 50 states to pharmacies and the nation's leading payers.

ePrescribe Iowa also is a component of HealthNet connect, Iowa Health System's 3,200-mile fiber-optic network that stretches from Denver to Chicago. It is a first step toward a larger goal of implementing connected Electronic Health Records (EHR), the technology at the center of President Obama's effort to improve health care quality and reduce costs.

ePrescribe Iowa automates the process of writing prescriptions and transmitting them to pharmacies while alerting physicians to potentially dangerous drug-to-drug interactions, drug allergies, dosage errors and other problems that can occur when writing prescriptions on paper. The stand-alone solution provided by Iowa Health System and Allscripts also provides physicians a simple way to transition from paper medical records to a full Electronic Health Record, software that automates e
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