Allscripts joins Google, Cleveland Clinic's eHealth partnership

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ORLANDO - Allscripts, a clinical software provider, has formed a collaboration between the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) and Google Health to provide physicians with a new means of sharing health information over the internet with their patients, which was announced today at the 2008 HIMSS conference after Google CEO Eric Schmidt made his keynote address.

In his address, Schmidt previewed the Google Health product, which is not yet publicly available but is being tested in a pilot with the Cleveland Clinic. Schmidt also included NEPSI as an organization that Google is working with to help provide better access to patients’ medical records and unique services to help patients better manage their health.

The Chicago-based Allscripts said it is collaborating with Google to integrate the web-based NEPSI electronic prescribing solution by Allscripts on the Google Health platform.  The software is offered at no cost to physicians across the United States as a key element of NEPSI, a coalition of a number of technology and healthcare organizations led by Allscripts and Dell. 

Google has also participated in the NEPSI coalition as the search sponsor.

The collaboration allows physicians using the NEPSI solution to securely transfer their patients’ medication information into a Google Health account upon request by the user/patient, Allscripts said. The connectivity provides patients with accurate clinical information helping them to better coordinate their care with several providers.