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Allscripts to connect electronic prescribing solution to Microsoft’s HealthVault platform

AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions : 05 October, 2007  (New Product)
Allscripts has become the first market-leading Electronic Health Record company to offer its products on Microsoft’s new HealthVault platform, providing physicians a means of sharing health information over the Internet with their patients.
Allscripts has revealed its first product to connect to HealthVault – eRx NOW, the web-based electronic prescribing solution offered at no cost to physicians across USA a as a key part of the National ePrescribing Patient safety Initiative, (NEPSI), a coalition of the USA's leading technology and healthcare organizations, including Allscripts and Microsoft.

“Allscripts is excited to be the first electronic health record company to connect to HealthVault, and we applaud Microsoft’s efforts to enable consumers to create an ‘electronic dialogue’ with their physicians using our applications and HealthVault,” said Glen Tullman, chief executive officer of Allscripts and NEPSI co-chair. “More and more, patients want to access their healthcare information online, to communicate with their physicians, eliminate the paperwork they have to complete during office visits, and to check their test results immediately when they’re available.”

Microsoft is well-suited to help address these issues, added Tullman. “Given its existing footprint and operating platforms as well as its consumer exposure and brand, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to move healthcare forward and to motivate others to invest in this area. We believe this initiative supports our efforts to build an interconnected healthcare system in which physicians, patients and other stakeholders all work together to promote wellness, improve the quality of patient care and better manage the cost of providing that care.”

HealthVault is a platform enabling an environment of new and existing online health applications and services from a wide variety of companies to search, store and connect people with their health information, helping to put them in control of their (and their family’s) health and wellness. Consumers and physicians who open a HealthVault account can use the online platform to share their personal health information with whomever they choose, and across any HealthVault enabled application or service. HealthVault industry partners such as Allscripts and Medem, the provider of iHealthRecord personal health record, have made their solutions HealthVault-compatible to encourage patients and healthcare providers to exchange beneficial information in an environment of enhanced privacy and security.

“Allscripts has been a significant contributor to the development of new connectivity and applications for HealthVault,” said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “HealthVault’s cooperative approach with leaders across the industry such as Allscripts is designed to arm consumers with information, put them in control of their records, and ultimately, empower them to make better choices regarding their health.”

As the first product from Allscripts to connect to HealthVault, eRx NOW will enable its physician users to share information with patients over the Internet. The Allscripts solution replaces paper prescriptions with sophisticated technology that automates the prescription-writing process, helping to avoid dangerous medication errors attributed to illegible handwriting, and delivering automated safety checks. By allowing physicians to send electronic prescriptions to a patient’s preferred pharmacy, eRx NOW saves time and adds efficiency to the process for patients and pharmacists.

HealthVault lets patients of eRx NOW users receive an electronic copy of their medication history, conditions, and allergies, which they can then transfer to their own personal health record or other HealthVault-enabled consumer health application.

Frank Opelka, MD, the chief executive officer of LSU Healthcare Network in New Orleans, Associate Dean for both Clinical Affairs and Healthcare Quality and Safety at Louisiana State University Medical School, and the Co-Chair of NEPSI, said he welcomed the new functionality that HealthVault provides.

“A growing number of patients are Web savvy and any platform that enhances patient-physician interactions will help improve their health,” said Dr Opelka, who also serves as chairman of the American College of Surgeon’s (ACS) Patient safety and Quality Improvement Committee, and is a member of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt’s national Quality Alliance Steering Committee. “The ability to control and transfer their medication history and other clinical information into their personal health records creates a smarter, more engaged patient, and HealthVault will be a great help to them. In my view, it is just one more reason why doctors should run, not walk, to embrace electronic prescribing through NEPSI and, on a broader scale, electronic health records.”

In addition to enabling more ways to share information with patients, HealthVault will soon enable patients who monitor their own health using a HealthVault-enabled device or consumer health application to electronically transfer that information to their physician for uploading into Allscripts Electronic Health Records.
The company’s Electronic Health Records automate everyday tasks for physicians – including ordering lab tests and viewing results, documenting patient visits and tracking their health for enhanced disease management – while connecting physicians to each other and to every healthcare stakeholder.

“Very soon, any physician who uses a HealthVault-enabled solution from Allscripts will be able to retrieve their patient’s information in a variety of ways to further inform their care decisions,” said Tullman. “The additional connectivity that HealthVault provides makes it easier for patients to track their health status and collaborate with their physician to improve their health.”

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