Allscripts

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Allscripts
Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
TypePublic
IndustryInformation Technology
Founded1982 (as Medic Computer Systems)
1986 (as Allscripts)
Headquarters
Key people
Paul M. Black (CEO)
ProductsAnalytics and Insights[1]

Care Coordination[2]
Financial[3]
Clinical[4]

Patient Engagement[5]
RevenueDecrease US$1.50 billion (FY 2020)[6]
Increase US$700.4 million (FY 2020)[6]
Total assetsDecrease US$2.917 billion (FY 2020)[6]
Total equityIncrease US$1.666 billion (FY 2020)[6]
Number of employees
8400 (2016)[6]
Websiteallscripts.com

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. is a publicly traded American company that provides physician practices, hospitals, and other healthcare providers with practice management and electronic health record technology. Allscripts also provides products for patient engagement and care coordination, as well as financial and analytics technology. The company has more than 180,000 physician users and has products in 2,700 hospitals and 13,000 extended care organizations.[7]

History[edit]

Allscripts was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.[8] An additional key operations office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.[8]

In 2008, Allscripts merged with the healthcare systems operations of its rival, Misys.[8] In 2010, Allscripts-Misys merged with another healthcare information technology competitor, Eclipsys, in a $1.3 billion deal, merging patient records,[9] to create the industry’s largest network of clients.[10]

In 2020 Allscripts executed two major divestment moves. In October, Allscripts sold its EPSi business, a provider of financial decision support and planning tools for hospitals and health systems, to Strata Decision Technology for $365 million. [11] Later, in December 2020, Allscripts closed the sale of its care coordination business, CarePort Health, to Wellsky for $1.35 billion.[12]

Acquisitions[edit]

In March 2013, Allscripts acquired dbMotion, Ltd., a developer of system interfaces and data analytics tools, and Jardogs LLC, a developer of a personal health record.[13]

In 2018 Allscripts acquired Practice Fusion.

In 2019, Allscripts acquired ZappRx, a Boston, MA-based prescription drug start-up company, which provides an online platform used by patients, physicians, and pharmacists for the management of specialty medications.[14]

Legal Issues[edit]

In December 2012, four physician practices brought a class-action suit against Allscripts due to selling the "buggy" MyWay EHR and later discontinuing it.[15] It was believed to be a first-of-its-kind case.[15] The parties reached a joint settlement agreement that received final approval from the trial court judge.[16][17] With this first lawsuit of this nature it has become a reference for future cases in this industry.[18]

In 2015 Allscripts was set to pay nearly $9.75 million to the proposed class to settle claims of securities fraud, after the company allegedly overstated its ability to integrate its Microsoft.NET and SQL Server with those of Eclipsys following their $1.3 billion merger.[19]

In 2019, one year after Allscripts’ acquisition of Practice Fusion,[20] a San Francisco-based electronic health records company intended to expand Allscripts' business with independent physicians, Allscripts agreed to settle with the Department of Justice over "potential issues with the EHR vendor’s health IT certification and Practice Fusion’s compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute and HIPAA."[21] As part of the settlement, Practice Fusion paid $145 million dollars.

In 2020, the Department of Justice released a press release detailing the $145 million settlement:

Practice Fusion’s conduct is abhorrent. During the height of the opioid crisis, the company took a million-dollar kickback to allow an opioid company to inject itself in the sacred doctor-patient relationship so that it could peddle even more of its highly addictive and dangerous opioids

Allscripts chief administrative officer Brian Farley said that Practice Fusion's behavior was known to Allscripts prior to the purchase.[22] Farley also noted that Allscripts was working to help combat the opioid epidemic.

Ransomware attack[edit]

On Jan 18, 2018, Allscripts was hit with a ransomware attack. This caused a massive outage which lasted nearly a week and affected clients all over the globe. The attack was a new strain of a known bug, SamSam.[23] Since then, clients have filed a class action lawsuit alleging Allscripts should have taken better steps to protect their data.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Analytics and Insights". Allscripts.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Care Coordination". Allscripts. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  3. ^ "Clinical Products". Allscripts.
  4. ^ "Financial Products". Allscripts. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  5. ^ "Patient Engagement". Allscripts. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Allscripts Healthcare Solutions SEC 10-K filing". allscripts.com.
  7. ^ "About Us". Allscripts. 2015-02-08.
  8. ^ a b c Coletta, Chris (20 October 2008). "Allscripts' CEO: HQ could end up in Triangle". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  9. ^ Krauskopf, Paul Sandle, Lewis (2010-06-09). "Allscripts to buy rival Eclipsys for $1.3 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  10. ^ "Allscripts, Eclipsys to Merge in $1.3 billion deal". www.healthcareitnews.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  11. ^ Landi, Heather. "Allscripts sells EPSi business to Strata Decision Technology for $365M". FIERCE Healthcare.
  12. ^ "Allscripts to sell CarePort care coordination segment for $1.35B". HealthcareDive. Industry Dive.
  13. ^ "Allscripts acquires dbMotion, Jardogs". Modern Healthcare. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  14. ^ Farr, Christina (2019-06-13). "Allscripts is buying ZappRx, a prescription drug start-up". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  15. ^ a b Collins, Jack. "Doctors Who Sued EHR Company Win First Round | Comprehensive Cancer Settings". Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  16. ^ "Doctors Who Sued EHR Company Win First Round". Medscape.
  17. ^ "Allscripts Guilty of Deception in EHR Certification, Sales Fight". EHRIntelligence. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  18. ^ "Allscripts Lawsuit Serves As Warning To Physicians". www.healthitoutcomes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  19. ^ "How Allscripts ended up with an $9.75M class action settlement". Healthcare Dive. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  20. ^ "Allscripts buys Practice Fusion for $100 million". Healthcare IT News. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  21. ^ EHRIntelligence (2019-08-09). "Allscripts Pays $145M to Settle Charges Against Practice Fusion EHR". EHRIntelligence. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  22. ^ Farr, Christina. "Silicon Valley health-tech start-up took kickbacks to push doctors to prescribe opioids, DOJ finds". CNBC.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  23. ^ "Allscripts Ransomware Update: Outages Expected through Monday". Healthcare Informatics Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  24. ^ "Allscripts sued over ransomware attack, accused of 'wanton' disregard". Healthcare IT News. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2018-12-02.

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