Allscripts lands $3M deal for TouchWorks EHR

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Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a $3 million contract by the University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) for its TouchWorks EHR system.
UPH, the largest physician group in Arizona created in 1985 as the medical practice of the physicians of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, selected the EHR system for 260 of the 350 UPH physicians, Allscripts said.
EHRs, tooted as a mechanism that improves the quality of care and patient safety, reduces paper-based costs and builds better relationships between patients and healthcare providers, is not a new concept for UPH. The physician group has been busy studying the use of EHRs in academic medical groups. Additionally, UPH wanted to deploy EHR technology because it would help their services expand.   
Last June, UPH purchased a local hospital that increased their patient base by 25 percent. Anticipating the number to climb, Allscripts made the decision to implement an EHR system that would allow its physicians to share patient charts across clinic locations and with various hospitals.   
The web-based TouchWorks EHR will connect UPH physicians with each other as well as with outside laboratories and pharmacies, allowing physicians to electronically order and view lab tests and send prescriptions.  
Additionally, Allscripts said UPH will integrate TouchWorks with its existing Flowcast revenue cycle management system from IDX Systems Corp. The integration of TouchWorks and Flowcast will directly link clinical and financial activities and drive operational improvements and is backed by a 10-year strategic relationship between IDX and Allscripts.