CHICAGO and ALLENTOWN, Pa., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, a multi-hospital system serving the greater Lehigh Valley, Penn. has selected the Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) Electronic Health Record (EHR) for 400 employed physicians in more than 80 practices, and over 1,200 affiliated physicians. St. Luke's will offer to underwrite a portion of the cost of the Allscripts integrated Electronic Health Record and practice management solution for affiliated physicians in its communities, helping them to satisfy Meaningful Use requirements of the HITECH Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and qualify for financial incentives supporting the use of EHRs to improve patient care.
Repeatedly named one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, St. Luke's 150 facilities serve patients in the Lehigh Valley, the third most populous and the fastest growing region of Pennsylvania.
"St. Luke's is committed to ensuring that our physicians have the information and connectivity they need to provide optimum patient care, and that includes our affiliated physicians, many of whom face challenges in the adoption of Electronic Health Records to accomplish that goal," said Dean Evans, President of St. Luke's Physician Group. "Our physicians selected Allscripts not only for the company's track record of success with large multi-specialty groups, but, just as important, for its record of success providing easy-to-adopt, easy-to-use EHR and practice management for small community practices. St. Luke's expects to leverage our partnership with Allscripts to help independent Lehigh Valley physicians adopt an EHR, qualify for Meaningful Use, and improve the coordination of patient care across the Valley by securely sharing patient information with our network of physicians, hospitals and post-acute facilities."
More than 200 St. Luke's physicians have already successfully begun using Allscripts ePrescribe, a standalone electronic prescribing solution, as a first step toward implementing the full Electronic Health Record. St. Luke's is providing all of its employed physicians with the Apple iPad®, pre-loaded with the Allscripts solution.
The HITECH-certified Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solution for St. Luke's affiliated physicians is available via Software as a Service (SaaS) or traditional on-premise delivery, giving physicians a choice of what works best for them. The SaaS or "cloud computing" option delivers the Allscripts solution over the Internet, relieving smaller physician practices from the cost and complexity of software and hardware management.
St. Luke's four hospitals currently utilize the Allscripts Care Management solution to help ensure continuity of care by automating and consolidating everyday tasks for case managers. This fully-integrated, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application also streamlines the referral of patients requiring long-term care to St. Luke's own network of home health and hospice organizations as well as to the Allscripts network of 110,000 post-acute providers nationwide.
"St. Luke's successful experience with our Care Management product helped guide their choice of Allscripts as their go-forward partner, and their intelligent deployment approach, which started by deploying our electronic prescribing solution, and eventually will move physicians and other caregivers to our full Electronic Health Record on the iPad, will ensure that independent and employed physicians have a robust platform for utilizing this life-saving technology," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "The patients of Lehigh Valley should know that St Luke's is one of a handful of national leaders creating a Connected Community of Health™ in which care is coordinated across every setting and providers are empowered to collaborate to improve quality and remove cost."
About St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is a multi-hospital system affiliated with more than 1,200 doctors serving the greater Lehigh Valley, PA. St. Luke's doctors, facilities and technology are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. For more information, visit www.mystlukesonline.org.
Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company's Electronic Health Record, Computerized Physician Order Entry and other clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a Connected Community of Health™. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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