Allscripts Live with Google Health Integration for Real-Time Information Sharing Between Physicians and Patients

Thursday, September 18, 2008 General News
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CHICAGO, Sept. 18 Allscripts, the leadingprovider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions thatphysicians use to improve healthcare, announced that its AllscriptsePrescribe(TM) integration is live with Google Health. The web-basedelectronic prescribing solution from Allscripts has been offered free ofcharge to every physician in America via the National ePrescribing PatientSafety Initiative(TM) (NEPSI(TM)), of which Allscripts is a nationalco-sponsor. Google is the search sponsor of NEPSI.


The integration between Allscripts and Google products provides physicianswith a new means of sharing their patient's medication history securely overthe Internet with their patients via Google Health.

"Allscripts ePrescribe with Google Health has definitely made a positiveimpact on our practice," said Derek J. Kelly, MD, Chief Medical Officer ofSwedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. "It's so easy to provide this addedservice with a simple click of a mouse. The potential for reduction ofmedication errors can't be ignored. And my patients finally have a tool thatgives them an organized pathway to heath literacy and the sharing ofresponsibility for their health care. I would advise every physician toconsider using this solution."

Google Health is a new product that allows users to store, organize, andmanage their medical records securely online. The product is free to patientsand partners who integrate and can be found at relationship with Allscripts allows patients to securely transfer theirmedication history, allergies, and conditions from their physician'sAllscripts ePrescribe application to the patient's Google Health account.

"Allscripts views our partnership with Google as another way to improvecommunication between physicians and their patients," said Glen Tullman, ChiefExecutive Officer of Allscripts and Co-Chair of NEPSI. "This relationshipmakes it possible for our physicians to create an electronic dialogue withthousands of their patients and provide them with their medication informationonline. We believe this will enhance the quality of care and could help toprevent potentially harmful drug interactions that injure millions of peopleeach year."

If a patient has a physician who uses the Allscripts ePrescribe solution,they can ask for a secure personal identification number (PIN) from theirphysician to establish a sharing link between the physician's AllscriptsePrescribe solution and Google Health. Once the sharing relationship isestablished, the patient is able to securely import their medication history,allergies and conditions into their Google Health Account.

About Allscripts ePrescribe

The Allscripts ePrescribe solution replaces paper prescriptions withsophisticated technology that automates the prescription-writing process,provides automated safety checks and helps to avoid dangerous medicationerrors attributed to illegible handwriting. By allowing physicians to sendelectronic prescriptions to a patient's preferred pharmacy, ePrescribing savestime and adds efficiency to the process for patients and pharmacists.

As further incentive, passage of the recent Medicare Improvements forPatients and Providers Act of 2008 permits physicians to earn revenue fortheir practices with a two percent bonus paid on all Medicare prescriptionsdelivered electronically beginning January 1, 2009. The new law alsopenalizes physicians who do not use the technology, with Medicare pay cuts ofup to 2 percent beginning in 2013. The bill allows for some exceptions to therule.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) is the leading provider of clinical software,connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improvehealthcare. The company's unique solutions inform,

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