Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has issued the following statement after filing a lawsuit against New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and Epic Systems Corp. after losing a large contract for electronic health records systems:

“Allscripts filed the lawsuit because NYCHHC failed to even address, much less resolve, significant concerns that Allscripts’ raised in its agency-level protest concerning the propriety of HHC’s iCIS award decision. 

“Documents produced by HHC indicate that the agency failed to follow the rules governing the competition and overlooked hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings offered by Allscripts’ proposal.

“In these times, it is critical that public procurements be awarded through the conduct of fair competitions that objectively assess the merits of competing proposals and document a reasonable basis for the decision.  From all available information, the HHC award to Epic is lacking in all of these respects.

“Allscripts’ product is currently being used by some of the most prestigious organizations in New York, we offered substantial cost savings over the life cycle of the project, and we committed to creating more than 100 new technology jobs in the City.  Had proposals been evaluated properly, we believe that our offer was clearly the best value for the City.

“Our goal remains the same: We want transparency in the process… we want the bid process reopened so that the competing proposals can be reviewed fairly, consistently and side-by-side to ensure that the taxpayers of NYC obtain the best value Electronic Health Record solution.”

The lawsuit is available here, scroll down to Petition.

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