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Industry Collaboration Is the Key to Improving Patient Safety

With more than one billion e-prescriptions flowing through our network every year, we must ensure the data is comprehensive, accurate and usable. When clinicians and pharmacists receive reliable information at critical points of care—we call it actionable patient intelligence—they can make better informed decisions. This leads to lower costs, higher quality and increased safety—the “holy grail” of healthcare.

Surescripts Sentinel™ Takes E-Prescribing to a Whole New Level

With the shift toward value-based care and the fact that three-fourths of the nation’s prescriptions are now electronic, data accuracy is more important than ever. And given that 1.5 billion electronic prescriptions cross the Surescripts network each year, we must ensure the information is correct and workflows are efficient so patient care and safety can be optimized.

States Push to Combat Opioid Abuse With E-prescribing Technology

Opioid medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and suffering, but their abuse and misuse is killing more than 33,000 Americans every year. Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions and a significant national public health challenge. The good news is, it’s one that states are increasingly taking action against with an important weapon: health information technology. 

Using Actionable Intelligence to Improve Patient Safety

In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, below are highlights from our HIMSS17 panel discussion “Improving Patient Safety with Actionable Intelligence.” Patient safety affects all parts of the health care system. Research suggests that 440,000 patients die each year as a result of preventable medical harm, and many others suffer lasting health consequences.

HIMSS17: Using Actionable Intelligence to Improve Patient Safety

Patient safety is the foundation of effective healthcare, but information gaps ranging from inaccessible medical records to incomplete medication histories continue to plague the industry. These inconsistencies are inefficient, frustrate already burdened providers and negatively impact patients. According to The Atlantic, the U.S. spends $750 billion per year on unnecessary and inefficient healthcare services.

HIMSS17: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Our nation has been crippled by the devastating opioid addiction epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid drug overdoses played a role in 33,091 deaths in the United States in 2015, and that number is expected to continue to rise.

Can Manual Prior Authorizations Damage Patient/Provider Relationships? One Doc’s Word of Caution

Prior authorizations cause significant frustration in healthcare today, partly due to the fact that physicians and their staff are forced to spend up to eight hours per week manually processing them. With most patient appointments being less than 15 minutes and much of that time being spent verbally rehashing medical histories, providers and patients are more pressed for time than ever.

Connect with Surescripts at HIMSS17

HIMSSanity is nearly here! In a few short weeks, over 40,000 health IT professionals including clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world will flock to sunny Orlando, FL, for the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

As Providers Embrace Connectivity, Surescripts Helps them Access Millions of Patient Records in Real-Time

Thousands of providers in hospitals and clinics across the country are now able to access critical patient information anytime, anywhere, to help them make the best care decisions possible. As we wrap up another year of network expansion and improved industry connectivity, eight large health systems have gone live with our National Record Locator Service (NRLS). This is a huge step forward in making real-time data exchange an integral part of patient care.

Community Health Network Sees Results with CompletEPA®

It shouldn’t be difficult to determine which drugs will be covered by a patient’s health insurance, but providers understand all too well that obtaining medication prior authorizations is a long, frustrating process. It not only impacts providers and their administrative staff, but patients too. The phone calls, faxes and related run-around can prevent patients from getting their medications for days or weeks, negatively impacting their treatment plans and, in some cases, their health outcomes.

21st Century Cures Act: What Providers and Electronic Health Record Vendors Need to Know

With significant bipartisan support, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, and it became law on December 13, 2016. The act allocates nearly $5 billion to the National Institute of Health (NIH) to advance the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative and support Vice President Biden’s “cancer moonshot.” In addition, several of the Act’s provisions directly impact digital health.

Talking Technology & Health IT with CVS Pharmacy

As we celebrate National Pharmacy Week and American Pharmacist Month, Surescripts recognizes the integral role pharmacists play in helping people improve their health. Pharmacists are a trusted resource for millions of patients by managing onsite clinics, consulting patients on therapies and dispensing medications—all to ultimately improve patient care.

Finding Success in Health IT Adoption for LTPAC

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a long-awaited proposed rule to incentivize technology adoption in Long Term and Post-Acute Care environments. Having previously been left out of federal incentives, many LTPAC facilities have struggled to integrate technology into their workflows, despite the aging population and growing needs of the market.

When Investing in Interoperability, Health Systems Need Connectivity ROI

At SSM Health, a Catholic not for profit health system in St. Louis, investing in interoperability is a top priority. The organization’s focus on improving health information exchange not only helps them deliver better care, but more recently, it also ensures that SSM Health providers have access to the critical information they need, where and when they need it.

Combating Medical Errors with Interoperability

According to the CDC, cancer and heart disease rank among the top killers in the United States. Each was responsible for 600,000 deaths in 2014 alone. Some researchers now contend that in reality, medical errors should rank third on the list, reinforcing why health information exchange and patient data access are literally life threatening issues today.

Celebrating National Nurses Week

Dedicated, compassionate and skilled are a few of the many words that describe nurses. These caregivers have an immense impact on people’s well-being and help the healthcare system function properly. In celebration of National Nurses Week, we interviewed Melissa DeLisle, RN BSN OCN.

JAMA Internal Medicine Study Provides Wake-Up Call: Improving e-Prescription Safety and Standards Adoption

With 77 percent of all prescriptions in the U.S. being routed electronically in 2015, e-prescribing is now the industry norm. However, there is still room for improvement when it comes to e-prescription quality and the user experience. One area for continuing quality improvement is the Notes field, as described in a recent Surescripts-led study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine last month.

Survey: Providers, EHR Vendors Weigh-In on the Importance of Electronic Prior Authorization

For providers, the term “prior authorization” (PA) often evokes feelings of extreme frustration. Prior authorization is used to determine if certain drugs, such as high cost medications used for cancer treatment, are covered by a patient’s health insurer and able to be prescribed. Although designed to control costs, providers have grown extremely aggravated with the process, spending five to eight hours per week handling these requests when manual processing is the only option.

Studies Highlight Threats and Opportunities of E-Prescribing Drug Codification

While standards have helped move health information exchange and interoperability forward, selected challenges remain. Two recently released studies in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy and Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association examine deficiencies in e-prescribing drug name identifiers and recommend strategies for improving the quality of care.

Surescripts Continues to Advance and Support Health Care Interoperability

As noted by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., private sector partnerships and mutual accountability are two of the main drivers for us as a Nation to achieve true interoperability across the country.  At Surescripts, we applaud ONC for keeping the focus where it counts through the development of the Interoperability Roadmap and by obtaining the pledges of community commitment and support.

HIMSS16: What is the Ideal State of Interoperability?

At its core, what is the ideal state of interoperability? How far are we from achieving that utopia, and where must we focus in the near future to achieve progress and move interoperability forward? In advance of HIMSS16, we posed similar questions to a few of our industry partners and featured speakers at our HIMSS panel on advancing interoperability...

ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap: Keeping the Focus Where It Counts

October 7th was a hallmark day for health IT – with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services publishing its Meaningful Use stage 3 final rule and Certification final rule, as well as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology releasing the final version of its Interoperability Roadmap.

A Call for Technology Integration and Education for LTPAC Nurses

Q&A with American Medical Informatics Association, Part Two

Long-term and post-acute care facilities lag in technology adoption, risking delays in communication and gaps in patient health histories. This is particularly true during transitions of care, when information can get lost in the shuffle moving a patient from one facility to another without compatible health information systems.

Guest Blog: We Must Do Better: The Importance of E-Prescribing, EHRs and Patient Data Access

I have spoken openly in the past about my experience with the U.S. healthcare system and how all too often technology and information access have been more foe than friend. As a HIMSS15 social media ambassador, I shared my mother’s patient story with conference attendees. I champion patient safety and the correct alignment to existing process and flow to ensure digital resources can be used effectively as part of care delivery.

Patients Call for a Connected Healthcare System

In the world we live in today, being “connected” is prevalent in all facets of daily life. Our relationships, work, entertainment, finances, and so much more are heavily impacted by the digital revolution. However, as other industries move full speed ahead with technology integration, the healthcare industry is still adapting -- and patients are eager to see progress.

With EPCS Legal Nationwide, There is Still Work to Do

Similar to the critical yet complex path to industry interoperability, the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) still has a ways to go before reaching its full potential. However, today Vermont becomes the final state to legalize EPCS for all schedules of controlled drugs.

Digital Health Makes a Name at CES

Hot topics at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show were self-driving cars and wearable fitness devices. But the health conversation dove deeper than the latest fashion trends.

HIMSS Intelligent Healthcare Panel

At the HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, Surescripts held a panel on Intelligent Healthcare with four industry leaders to talk about recent developments in health information exchange and interoperability,