CHICAGO, Sept. 5 Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX), theleading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutionsthat physicians use to improve healthcare, announced today that ColumbiaUniversity Medical Center (Columbia) has selected Allscripts as its ElectronicHealth Record provider for Columbia's outpatient physician group and plannedcommunity-based Independent Practice Association. The agreement is thelargest in Allscripts history and the latest example of the company'sleadership among the nation's top academic medical centers.
Columbia University Medical Center provides world-class leadership inscientific research and patient care, and its College of Physicians andSurgeons is consistently ranked one of the top medical schools in the nation.Columbia's physician group represents nearly 2,200 faculty members that countamong their ranks 16 past and current winners of the Nobel Prize in medicineor physiology and 45 members of the Institute of Medicine.
"Columbia's physicians and surgeons have a long history of world-classleadership in research, education and patient care, and an investment inelectronic health records is the latest example of our core commitment tohigh-quality and to patient and family-friendly medical care," said LeeGoldman, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences andDean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia. "Byautomating and connecting our physicians, we hope to have a positive impact onour ability to deliver true continuity of care for our patients and enhanceour ability to deliver important breakthroughs in clinical research in atimely fashion."
The web-based Electronic Health Record from Allscripts will automateeveryday clinical tasks such as prescribing medications and documentingpatient visits, while electronically connecting physicians, residents andsupport staff. The Electronic Health Record will allow Columbia's physiciansto access patient information anywhere at anytime and provide robust tools fordocumentation and orders. Additionally, the Electronic Health Record includespreloaded connections to a wide range of medical devices, seamless support forpay-for-performance and quality initiatives, and one of the most advancedclinical research support systems in the industry. And the AllscriptsiHealth(TM) module provides an online personal health record service thatColumbia patients will be able to use to schedule appointments, accesstreatment adherence programs, and arrange online consultations with their ownclinician. Implementation of the system is scheduled to begin in 2008.
"We are extremely proud that Columbia University Medical Center, one ofthe most prestigious healthcare institutions in the world today, selectedAllscripts as their electronic health information partner," said Glen Tullman,Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "This technology, through thereal-time information and connectivity it provides, allows physicians to focuson patients, not paperwork, and deliver a seamless, high quality patientexperience."
"This is an important step to enhance the quality of patient care byfacilitating access to clinical information for patients and theirphysicians," said Richard U. Levine, M.D., President of Columbia's physiciangroup. "We, as is the case with major medical centers, have complexinformation sharing needs and this investment should allow our health careproviders to interact in a flexible and coordinated way."
Although Columbia is implementing the Electronic Health Record systemprincipally for physician outpatient offices, Allscripts will interface to theNew York-Presbyterian Hospital inpatient clinical information system. Thiswill enable physicians and staff in Columbia's faculty practice to have accessto key clinical information on ea