CHICAGO and RICHMOND, British Columbia, Dec. 9 Allscripts announced today that Edge Health Solutions, Inc. has selected theEnterprise version of Allscripts ePrescribe(TM) for 1,000 physicians anddentists who use Edge practice management software, developed specifically toleverage the power of Mac OS X(R).
Canada-based Edge provides US and Canadian physicians and dentists withinnovative practice management solutions exclusively for the Apple Mac(R)platform. Edge will provide the Allscripts solution as part of its nextgeneration offerings for Apple desktops, laptops and mobile devices includingthe iPhone(R) and the new iPod(R) Touch.
"We're proud to partner with Allscripts to provide their industry-leadingstand-alone electronic prescribing solution for the increasing numbers ofphysicians and dentists who are migrating to the Mac OS, which we believe isthe most powerful and user-friendly operating system on the market today,"said Troy Spracklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edge. "When weasked our current clients which electronic prescribing solution they wanted,the overwhelming response was Allscripts, because everyone knows and truststhe Allscripts name in this industry."
Allscripts transmitted more electronic prescriptions last year over thenationwide Pharmacy Health Information Exchange(TM) than any othere-prescribing vendor, and had the most electronic prescribers connected,according to SureScripts-RxHub, operator of the Exchange. The company isexperiencing record-breaking week-over-week subscriber growth in thestandalone Allscripts ePrescribe solution, primarily due to arecently-approved Medicare incentive program.
To help spur adoption of electronic prescribing technology, the MedicareImprovements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 authorized the MedicareePrescribing Incentive Program beginning in January 2009. The program willpay physicians who prescribe medications electronically up to 2 percent oftheir annual Medicare billings, while physicians who fail to use thetechnology may be penalized an equal amount after 2012.
"Our partnership with Edge will ensure that physicians are able to realizeall the benefits of electronically prescribing medications, no matter whichtechnology platform or operating system they use," said Glen Tullman, ChiefExecutive Officer of Allscripts. "Electronic prescription technology is aneasy point of entry for the nearly three-quarters of US physicians who haveyet to implement a full electronic health record. We already have AllscriptsePrescribe clients using Apple products in their practices, including theiPhone, to send their electronic prescriptions safely and securely. Our newpartnership with Edge permits these clients and others who prefer Mac toseamlessly migrate their patient's demographic data into Allscripts ePrescribeand begin writing electronic prescriptions in as little as ten minutes."
Allscripts ePrescribe replaces paper prescriptions with web-basedtechnology that provides automatic safety checks and helps to avoid dangerousmedication errors attributed to illegible handwriting. Allscripts ePrescribedownloads in minutes and works on virtually any web-enabled device. Byenabling physicians to send electronic prescriptions to a patient's preferredpharmacy, the solution saves time and adds efficiency to the process forpatients and pharmacists.
Allscripts ePrescribe is offered at no charge to every physician inAmerica via the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative(TM)(http://www.nationaleRx.com), of which Allscripts is the founder and nationalco-sponsor with Dell, Inc.
Edge will provide Allscripts ePrescribe integrated with its othersolutions via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model over the Internet. TheSaaS model enables providers to access patient information and prescribemedications from virtually anywhere at anytime.
About Edge Health Solutions, Inc.
Edge Health Solutions, Inc. (EHSI) is a is a privately held Canadiansoftware development company delivering one of today's most innovativepractice management solutions exclusively for the Apple Mac(R) platform. EHSIharnesses the unparalleled power of Mac OS X(R) using its proprietary EdgeManagement Platform(TM) (EMP(TM)) which provides a foundation specificallydesigned for the seamless integration of the most impressive core technologiesand related services known to the healthcare industry. EHSI developed theworld's first truly integrated tablet Mac solution with its Edge ClinicalChartBook(TM), a pen based clinical charting and patient education solutionavailable for both its edgeMD (medical) and edgeDMS (dental) softwareofferings. Edge Health Solutions, Inc. is based in Richmond, British Columbia.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health tohealthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the healthof their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winningsolutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenuecycle management, practice management, document management, medicationservices, hospital care management, emergency department information systemsand homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-MisysHealthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com.
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