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Allscripts gets first offers from PE group - report

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc

received offers from a private-equity consortiumincluding Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group LP, Bloomberg reported, sending the healthcare company'sshares up 6 percent in premarket trade.

Late last month, sources familiar with the matter said thecompany had held talks with private equity firms about thepossibility of a leveraged buyout.

Bloomberg, quoting sources, said Allscripts wantedsecond-round offers within three to four weeks.

An Allscripts spokeswoman said the company does not discussrumors or speculation. Blackstone and Carlyle could notimmediately be reached for comment.

In June, Allscripts settled a proxy fight with hedge fundHealthCor Management, placing three of the investor's nomineeson its board.

HealthCor had sued the company in May to be allowed tolaunch a proxy fight after the company's chief executive, GlenTullman, refused a demand to resign.

Allscripts, which makes software applications for healthcareproviders such as hospitals and physicians, is expected tobenefit from the Obama Administration's push to computerisepatients' health records.

Allscripts shares were up 6 percent at $14.10 in premarkettrade. They closed at $13.33 on Friday on the Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Esha Dey in Bangalore; Editing by SaumyadebChakrabarty)

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