Acquires Medifor: Will Offer Physician Driven Patient Education
Software Enables Physicians to 'Prescribe' A
Patient Care Plan Over the Internet
Port Townsend, WA and Chicago, IL – April 13, 2000
— Allscripts, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX), the
leading provider of electronic prescribing, medication management, and physician
productivity solutions, announced today the acquisition of Medifor Inc., the
leader in Internet delivered patient education. The transaction is valued at $33
million in stock.
The merger brings together Allscripts’ TouchScript® Personal Prescriber™,
the premier electronic prescribing solution at the point-of-care, and Medifor’s
PATIENT ED® system, a highly innovative software solution that improves patient
outcomes through dissemination of customized instructions, illustrations, and
personalized patient education material at the point-of-care and over the
Internet. Physicians can access over 1,000 templates for common medical
conditions. Medifor currently has more than 3,000 physician subscribers at 500
locations nationwide while TouchScript is currently being used by more than
2,000 physicians nationwide.
As this portion of a PATIENT ED page shows, personalized web pages may
contain a variety of information.
"Together, our software will
enable physicians, with just a few touches of the screen, to create a
prescription on their Personal Prescriber and to ‘prescribe’ a personalized,
secure webpage for each patient. Each webpage will contain a confidential care
plan and also include links to other medically appropriate information and
resources," commented Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts,
Inc. "The PATIENT ED system builds upon the physician-patient relationship
by leveraging precious physician time with education and communication tools and
extends their relationship with patients beyond the office walls."
Medifor's solution enhances the quality of treatment decisions, empowers the
provider as an educator, makes patients full, collaborative partners in their
own care and helps reduce physician workload through affordable,
easy-to-implement information technologies. The system also saves physicians
time because all instructions can be automatically added to the patient’s
chart. All of this functionality is provided via the Internet to allow for easy
to use, easy to access information.
"We are excited to be joining the Allscripts’ team. Our two solutions
complement each other perfectly and focus on the most valuable point in the
healthcare continuum: the physician-patient encounter in the exam room",
said J. Peter Geerlofs, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medifor
Inc. and newly appointed Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts, Inc. "We also
share a belief that physicians are most attracted to clinical tools that can
enhance patient satisfaction and outcomes, be implemented rapidly, and save
time, benefits available today using both of our tools."
Medifor, Inc. publishes clinical software designed to help physicians more
effectively communicate with patients, both at the point of care and via the
Internet. Medifor’s PATIENT ED® system is a unique knowledge engine that
instantly presents a physician with the information necessary to create
appropriate treatment plans. It then generates a document to help the patient
better understand and comply with the plan, as well as providing patient access
to expanded on-line medical information prescribed by the physician and a
dedicated, private e-mail system for enhancing physician-patient communication.
Medifor is also a leading publisher of clinical reference CD-ROMs such as The
New England Journal of Medicine, American Family Physician, PediaStat, and The
Merck Manual. Medifor is headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington and provides
products and services to more than 8,000 physicians worldwide. Visit Medifor on
the Web at medifor.com. PATIENT ED®, Just-Right, Just-in-Time Information®,
Medifor Direct™, and Prescribe the Web™ are trademarks of Medifor Inc.
Allscripts, Inc. is the leading provider of innovative point-of-care medication
management and productivity enhancing solutions designed to meet the needs of
physician practices and managed care payers and plans. The Company's TouchScript
software provides easy-to-use electronic prescribing that reduces medication
errors and uses the Internet to route transactions to local retail, Internet and
mail order pharmacies and managed care organizations. The Personal Prescriber is
based on the Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) Jornada 600 Series hand-held PC
hardware and runs on Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system. The Company also
provides a number of Internet-based patient compliance and physician education
services such as its e-Detailing products, as well as e-commerce applications.
Through its recent acquisition of MasterChart, Allscripts also markets the
Practical Portable, the premier hand-held digital dictation solution for
physicians. Strategic partners include IMS Health (NYSE: RX), the world’s
largest supplier of information to the pharmaceutical industry, and PlanetRx.com
(NASDAQ: PLRX), a leading Internet healthcare destination for commerce, content,
and community. Allscripts is headquartered in Libertyville, IL, and provides
services to over 10,000 physicians at 3,000 sites across the U.S. Visit
Allscripts on the Web at allscripts.com. Allscripts, TouchScript,
TouchScript.Net, Personal Prescriber and 3Touch are trademarks of
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are developed by combining
currently available information with Allscripts’ beliefs and assumptions.
These statements often contain words like believe, expect, anticipate, intend,
contemplate, seek, plan, estimate or similar expressions. Forward-looking
statements do not guarantee future performance. These statements are made under
the protection afforded them by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. 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 its Registration Statement on Form
S-1 (No. 333-78431), as amended July 23,1999.
PATIENT ED® and Medifor DirectSM
are trademarks of Medifor, Inc.
For more information, contact:
Steven Schwartz, Vice President-Sales &
system featured on ABC news affiliate KOMO 4 TV
product, the PATIENT ED® system, was featured this week in a Health Watch report that aired on ABC’s Seattle affiliate KOMO
TV (Channel 4) and KOMO Radio AM 1000. The PATIENT ED® system was cited
as an example of a practical way for physicians to reduce the risk
of medical mistakes that can occur when healthcare providers and
pharmacists misread hand-written prescription orders and chart
notes. The story was filmed at Kitsap Children’s Clinic and featured
Ron Dionne, MD, who uses the system in his office.
"This software is a wonderful
vision of what will be the future of medicine."
"The provider saves time, gives
better quality care, has fewer call backs from patients who did not understand
information and has improved patient satisfaction. The patient has a better understanding of
his illness and has a better outcome. . ."