Horizon Healthcare Services, Allscripts to promote e-Prescribing and EHR

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Allscripts Healthcare Solutions recently announced a relationship with Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., New Jersey's largest health insurer. This relationship is the beginning of an initiative to encourage physicians based in New Jersey to use electronic prescribing looking towards full clinical automation, according to a release.

Over the next two years, Allscripts will target hundreds of physicians within the Horizon network to offer the Allscripts' TouchScript e-prescribing solution.  Horizon, as part of its Horizon Health Connect $5 million technology initiative, will provide selected physicians with Allscripts software, wireless network components from Cisco Systems, handheld Pocket PC devices from Hewlett Packard and high-speed Internet connections, all at no cost. 

Based on the results of this initiative, Horizon hopes that additional physicians will implement TouchScript and, or possibly, implement the entire TouchChart Electronic Health Record (HER).
 
The benefit to Horizon physicians is the potential ability to quickly create and send prescriptions from the exam room directly to the patient's pharmacy using a laptop, desktop computer or wireless Pocket PC or Table PC device.  Hopefully there will be an increase in patient safety, a reduction in errors, less need for consuming pharmacy callbacks to physicians, and overall improved office efficiency. 

TouchScript will connect Horizon physicians to a single, integrated network that includes patients, pharmacies and payers, providing a more seamless and efficient patient experience.