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Dr. Don Caruso of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Medical Center Named Physician Of The Year by Microsoft


SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From the exhibition floor of the Healthcare Information Management Specialist Society (HIMSS) 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition, a panel of independent healthcare industry experts honored Don

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From the exhibition floor of the Healthcare Information Management Specialist Society (HIMSS) 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition, a panel of independent healthcare industry experts honored Don Caruso, M.D., Department Chair of Family Practice at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in Keene, New Hampshire, as this year's recipient of Microsoft's Physician of the Year Award. The award was based on Caruso's innovative use of the TouchWorks(TM) suite of electronic medical record (EMR) and information applications from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions , integrated with the practice's enterprise information system to measurably improve the quality and cost of patient care. Caruso was one of three finalists out of a field of 19 physician entries for the award.

"First and foremost, TouchWorks provided our physicians the ability to easily and rapidly find and communicate information -- this really improves the way we care for patients," said Caruso. "At the same time, by driving process improvement, TouchWorks has also provided our practice with a real return on our investment."

DHMC-Keene has realized significant savings due to operational efficiencies enabled by TouchWorks. The practice has already reduced the need to pull charts by approximately 50% and is rapidly progressing towards a completely paperless patient record.

"Dr. Caruso has demonstrated strong leadership in driving adoption of information technology with physicians at DHMC-Keene," stated Dr. Ahmad Hashem, M.D., PhD, Global Healthcare Productivity Manager at Microsoft. "He has deployed TouchWorks with an approach that was not only agreeable to physicians, but made them excited about leveraging information technology in how they practice medicine."

"For the second year in a row, we're proud to have another TouchWorks physician user recognized as a leader in their use of clinical software solutions to improve patient care," commented Peter Geerlofs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. "We applaud his exemplary use of leading-edge technology to deliver better patient care more efficiently and cost effectively." A number of the other finalists for this award also utilize the TouchWorks applications in their practices.

About Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is a leading provider of clinical software and information solutions for physicians. The Company's TouchWorks software is a modular electronic medical record that enhances physician productivity using a wireless handheld device, Tablet PC, or desktop workstation to automate the most common physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and documenting clinical encounters. Additionally, AHS provides patient compliance and healthcare product education services for physicians through its Physicians Interactive business and also provides medication fulfillment services. AHS provides software and services to over 20,000 physicians across the U.S.

Strategic partners include IDX Systems ; IMS Health ; Microsoft ; Hewlett-Packard Company; Express Scripts ; and Medco Health.

TouchWorks and Physicians Interactive are trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Visit AHS on the Web at http://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 http://www.sec.gov/ .

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Vice President of Marketing, +1-847-680-3515,
Ext. 4330, dan.michelson@allscripts.com , or Paul Peterson, Senior Marketing
Manager, +1-847-680-3515, Ext. 4475, paul.peterson@allscripts.com , both of
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Web site: http://www.allscripts.com/



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