SAN MATEO, Calif., March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epocrates, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPOC), today announced its mobile and web-based electronic health record (EHR) solution has entered beta and is now being tested by solo and small group physician offices across the country. The company also announced an agreement with Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:NUAN) to leverage the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform (NHDP) to integrate Nuance's cloud-based, medical speech recognition technology as a component of its Epocrates EHR™ solution.

"The beta installations and Nuance agreement are two significant milestones on our EHR development roadmap," said Rose Crane, president and chief executive officer of Epocrates. "Solo and small group physician practices have specific EHR needs that are going unmet. Collaborating with them through this beta period allows us to refine the product so it provides the best user experience."

The family practitioner offices participating in the closed beta have the opportunity to experience the flexibility of Epocrates' EHR system. Features in the beta include built-in workflow and clinical templates for specific procedures. A feature that is planned for a future EHR version is SpeechAnywhere, integrated Nuance medical speech recognition technology, which will empower medical professionals to create medical reports - anytime, anywhere (in exam rooms, offices, labs or in the field) and on any device (desktop, iPhone®, iPad®, etc.) via voice input. Physicians will benefit from the flexibility in creating clinical documentation and will gain clinical efficiency from the immediate availability of clinical notes, leading to faster, higher quality patient care.

"I have looked at many different EHR systems, but didn't have a lot of time to spend learning new software and implementing it into my practice. I've always valued Epocrates and the fact that its products don't require me to change the way I work. The new EHR and the company's first class support staff make for an easy, smooth, non-intimidating transition from paper-based to electronic records," said Dr. Bradley Stoltz, DO, family practitioner, Trevose, Pa.

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