Integris Health, a not-for-profit integrated delivery network based in Oklahoma City, went looking for electronic prescribing technology for its physician group practices. It ended up purchasing full electronic medical records and practice management systems.
Clinical information technology vendor Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Libertyville, Ill., said Wednesday that Integris has agreed to install a full-blown Allscripts TouchWorks EMR and a GroupCast practice management software suite from IDX Systems Corp., Burlington, Vt.
Allscripts and IDX have a strategic alliance to integrate each other's products.
"What started out as a hunt for an e-prescribing tool turned out to be the solution to our search for a practice EMR," Integris CEO Stanley Hupfeld says in a written statement.
A February report by the Center for Information Technology Leadership, Wellesley, Mass., concluded that ambulatory practices can achieve a much faster return on investment and make dramatic improvements in patient safety by investing in full-featured clinical IT systems rather than settling for less-costly technology that only accomplishes a single function, such as e-prescribing.