Southwestern Medical Clinic Selects Allscripts to Automate Clinical and Back-Office Operations

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 General News
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CHICAGO, and BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich., Aug. 28 Allscripts(Nasdaq: MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity andinformation solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, todayannounced that Southwestern Medical Clinic has selected Allscripts as theirprovider of an integrated Electronic Health Record and Practice Managementsolution to automate clinical and financial operations for the group's nearly70 healthcare providers.


Southwestern Medical Clinic is a multi-specialty group practice with 53physicians and 13 mid-level providers caring for more than 80,000 patients ineight locations across rural Berrien County, Michigan. Founded in the 1960s,the group emphasizes the integration of medical care and Christian medicalmissions. Its not-for-profit foundation offers scholarships to help medicalstudents and residents experience short term medical mission work around theworld.

"At Southwestern Medical Clinic, we're dedicated to treating all those inneed to the best of our ability and with the best available resources, whetherit's through serving insured patients, reaching out to indigent and uninsuredpatients, or traveling overseas to the places where God calls us to serve,"said Warren C. White, Jr., FACMPE, the group's Administrator, who also servesas Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Medical Group ManagementAssociation (MGMA), a professional organization whose members manage 12,500medical practices with more than 270,000 US physicians. "We are convincedthat Allscripts will help us fulfill our mission of providing the best qualitycare."

The integrated Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solutionfrom Allscripts will link Southwestern Medical Clinic's administrative andclinical functions, enabling the group to be more productive while improvingservice to patients. The Electronic Health Record provides anytime-anywhereaccess to patient records and automates everyday clinical tasks such asprescribing and refilling medications, ordering and reviewing tests, andmanaging patient care according to clinical best practices. The PracticeManagement solution delivers sophisticated scheduling and billing tools thatimprove accuracy, speed reimbursement and enhance patient relations.

"Of all the vendors that we assessed during our three-year selectionprocess, Allscripts offers the best balance of a very solid electronic healthrecord matched with a highly robust back-office application," said JC Hearn,PMP, Director of Special Projects for Southwestern Medical Clinic. "We areconfident that Allscripts is the best choice for us based not only on itstechnology but also its strong financial base and its commitment to take careof customers, which we heard over and over again from existing clients."

Allscripts will replace Southwestern Medical Clinic's 13-year-old practicemanagement system and digitize the organization's paper medical charts, whichcurrently are sent by courier between clinics, some of which are more than 30miles apart.

"Southwestern Medical Clinic is committed to the highest possiblestandards of ethical care as well as better access to care, and Allscripts isproud to help them deliver on their vision," said Allscripts Chief ExecutiveOfficer Glen Tullman. "Working together, we are providing better connectivityand better information when and where it's needed, leading to improved patientcare delivered more cost-effectively."

About Southwestern Medical Clinic

Southwestern Medical Clinic integrates primary care, family practice,critical care, general surgery, infectious disease, internal medicine, OB/Gyn,pediatrics, radiology, Christian Counseling and physical therapy into aunified body of service offerings and providers. Since its founding,Southwestern Medical Clinic has maintained a Chr

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