ACP-ASIM and Allscripts Announce Breakthrough in Evidence-Based Medicine
Association of 115,000 Internal Medicine Physicians Brings PIER Resources to TouchWorks Customers via Handheld Devices
PHILADELPHIA and CHICAGO - April 24, 2002 - Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ: MDRX), the leading provider of point-of-care decision support tools for physicians, today announced a multi-year agreement with the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) to incorporate their proprietary evidence-based application, PIER™ (Physicians' Information and Education Resource), into Allscripts TouchWorks™ clinical software solutions. With this collaborative offering, the two organizations will bring to market the first application to provide evidence-based medicine (EBM) decision support to physicians at the point of care via handheld devices.
PIER, the new clinical decision support tool from ACP-ASIM, provides evidence-based guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as links to clinical articles and patient information. PIER guidance statements are developed by physician experts based on a rigorous review of current medical evidence. All content is then thoroughly peer-reviewed by physicians. To date, the PIER content development process has involved more than 500 physician writers and reviewers. PIER currently contains 125 disease modules and is expected to grow to beyond 300 modules within the next 18 months.
Evidence-based medicine has become increasingly important in today's medical profession to ensure that best medical practice is based on sound scientific evidence. With the rapid advances in medical research, PIER and TouchWorks will provide physicians a way to access guidance they can act on, based on the best medical evidence, during patient interactions.
"We chose Allscripts as our handheld partner because their organization shares our belief that the right information at the point of care will assist physicians in making the best decisions for their patients and will help improve the overall quality of patient care," stated Walter J. McDonald, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ACP-ASIM. "While PIER is available to ACP-ASIM members as a stand-alone Internet version, PIER was designed from the outset to be integrated into handheld clinical applications like TouchWorks so that evidence-based medicine information can be delivered directly into the hands of physicians during patient encounters."
Allscripts will integrate PIER into the functionality of their TouchWorks mobile and modular clinical applications. For example, physicians using TouchWorks can instantly access drug reference information, formularies, and drug interactions while writing an electronic prescription, a feature referred to by Allscripts as Just Right, Just-in-Time Information®. Integration with PIER will take this concept to an unprecedented new level, enabling clinicians to automatically access evidence-based guidance to create the best care plan for their patients.
"Allscripts is excited about partnering with ACP-ASIM as we explore the best ways to leverage technology and bring valuable information into the clinical care process," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "Our efforts with PIER will bring the latest and most appropriate clinical information to physicians when and where they need it most and more rapidly than ever before."
"Physicians may have as many as 12 unanswered clinical questions daily," commented J. Peter Geerlofs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "We believe PIER, integrated with our wireless handheld prescribing and care planning tools, will be an important breakthrough for safety and quality in healthcare."
Nearly 80% of physicians surveyed as part of a 2001 beta test of 1038 physicians indicated that they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the quality and readability of the PIER content. Those physicians surveyed also indicated that PIER would be most useful as part of daily patient care and that the PIER guidance statements and specific recommendations, such as those that will be incorporated into TouchWorks, provided physicians the greatest utility.
PIER™ can be accessed for previewing at http://pierpr:email@example.com/index.html
About American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group. Its membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults. ACP-ASIM is dedicated to the advancement of internal medicine so that its members can provide the best quality care for their patients. A nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.
PIER is a trademark of ACP-ASIM. Visit ACP-ASIM on the Web at www.acponline.org.
About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is the leading provider of point-of-care decision support solutions for physicians. The Company's TouchWorks software products enhance physician productivity using a wireless handheld device or desktop workstation to automate the most common physician activities including prescribing, capturing charges, dictating, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and taking clinical notes. The Company also provides medication fulfillment services. Additionally, Allscripts provides patient compliance and healthcare product education services for physicians through its Physicians Interactive unit. Allscripts provides services to over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.
Strategic partners include IDX Systems (NASDAQ: IDXC); IMS Health (NYSE: RX); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); Compaq (NYSE: CPQ); Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX); and Merck-Medco.
TouchWorks is a trademark of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Just Right, Just-in-Time Information is a registered trademark of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com.
This announcement may contain forward-looking statements about Allscripts Healthcare Solutions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are developed by combining currently available information with Allscripts beliefs and assumptions. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance. Because Allscripts cannot predict all of the risks and uncertainties that may affect it, or control the ones it does predict, Allscripts' actual results may be materially different from the results expressed in its forward-looking statements. For a more complete discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may affect Allscripts see the Company's 2001 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
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