IVANS Teams with Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. to Provide Electronic Prescribing

OLD GREENWICH, Conn. – July 19, 2005 – IVANS, Inc., a leading provider of networking and software solutions for the healthcare and insurance industries, is working with Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., New Jersey�s largest health insurer, to provide e-prescription services to hundreds of physicians in the Horizon network.
As part of Horizon�s $5 million Health Connections initiative, the company will provide select physicians with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX) e-prescribing software, a wireless router, handheld PDAs and high-speed DSL service through IVANS, all at no charge for the first two years. IVANS will handle the ordering and installation processes, as well as provide help-desk support and billing services.

Physicians will be able to create and send prescriptions from the exam room directly to the patient�s pharmacy using a laptop, desktop, wireless PDA or tablet PC. This initiative will increase patient safety by reducing errors and improve efficiencies by eliminating time-consuming callbacks and requests for additional information.

“We are committed to finding ways to make it easier to provide quality patient care,� said Richard Popiel, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, Horizon. �Enabling our physicians to send prescriptions directly to pharmacies is an important step toward greater patient safety and improved quality of care.”

“IVANS is dedicated to advancing the use of technology among healthcare providers and is pleased to be part of this unique effort,” said Maggie O’Hara, group vice president, sales and service, IVANS. “Initiatives such as these not only improve patient care but also provide more cost-effective healthcare for patients and helps physicians see the important role technology can play in their practices.”


IVANS, Inc. provides the insurance and healthcare industries with fully managed network, EDI and agency-company interface solutions that provide seamless integration over public or private infrastructures. Headquartered in Old Greenwich, Conn., IVANS serves more than 475 insurance and healthcare organizations, more than 30,000 independent agents and 23,000 providers. IVANS, which was formed in 1983 by 21 insurance companies, also has offices in Tampa, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, please visit www.ivans.com

About Horizon Healthcare Services

Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., with headquarters in Newark, N.J., is New Jersey�s largest health insurer providing coverage to more than 3.1 million people. Visit Horizon on the Web at www.horizon.us

About Allscripts

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Allscripts) is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The company�s business groups provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. The Clinical Solutions Group�s award-winning clinical software applications include Electronic Health Record (EHR), e-prescribing and document imaging solutions. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive™ Group, and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services Group. Visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com.