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2016 National Progress Report Points to New Tools to Combat Opioid Abuse

Claiming the lives of 91 Americans each day, America’s opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis.[i] State governments are increasingly taking action through a combination of public policy, technology adoption and education initiatives, as evidenced by the surge of mandates across the country. Surescripts 2016 National Progress Report shows that while e-prescribing is one of the most powerful tools available to fight prescription painkiller fraud and abuse, there are many factors at play.

Tackling the Adherence Epidemic with Innovative Technology

Medication non-adherence is a national epidemic that costs billions of dollars annually and negatively impacts the health of millions of Americans. Therefore, it’s extremely important that doctors have the tools and information they need to address adherence issues right at the point of care in order to guide patients toward positive outcomes.

Better Actionable Intelligence Means Better Healthcare for All

Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report today, revealing substantial network growth, expanded provider connectivity and increased technology adoption—all good signs of progress toward the healthcare industry reaching its “holy grail” of increased quality and patient safety at a lower cost. Here are highlights from this year’s report.

Improving Patient Safety with the Click of a Button

Medical errors are a leading cause of poor patient outcomes in the United States, including patient dissatisfaction, hospital readmissions, medical malpractice claims and even death. Many of these problems can be avoided if physicians have access to their patients’ comprehensive medication lists at the point of care, enabling more accurate medication reconciliation. Unfortunately, accurate lists can be difficult to compile and maintain when a patient sees multiple doctors and has medications filled by various pharmacies.

Electronic Prior Authorization Delivers the “Holy Grail” of Healthcare: Increased Patient Safety, Lower Costs and Higher Quality

When patients visit a doctor’s office or pharmacy, they want convenience. Consumers expect care to be delivered with ease and efficiency, so they can follow their providers’ recommendations with confidence. But when physicians don’t know if their patients’ medications will be covered by insurance or patients are forced to wait to fill prescriptions only to find out they can’t afford them, the process breaks down for everyone.

Health IT Leaders Weigh in on 2017 Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth

As we kick off 2017, there’s no shortage of industry buzz—and with HIMSS17 around the corner—we decided to ask a few health IT leaders to share their perspectives on some hot topics. We wanted to find out who their primary source of inspiration has been during the past year. We also asked what they think 2017 has in store for the industry, and what providers and technology vendors should focus on in the coming year.

Taking the Pain Out of Prior Authorization: Live Chat on 12/1

To discuss the challenges and frustrations associated with today’s archaic manual prior authorization process -- and explore how automation significantly reduces processing time, costs and medication delays -- please join Surescripts on December 1 at 1:00pm ET, as we host a live video chat on “Taking the Pain Out of Prior Authorization.”

Cross-Industry Collaboration Aims to Improve Data Quality

Although Surescripts has always worked closely with our network participants to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the information on our network, we still recognize the need to continually work towards even higher e-prescribing quality. Today, e-prescribing is virtually the norm, with more than 1.5 billion e-prescriptions annually—or 3,000 a minute—flowing through our network.

A Primer on Surescripts’ Nationwide Medication History Data

Different pieces of a patient’s medication history reside within electronic health record (EHR) systems maintained by various ambulatory care providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, community pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBM), health plans, and with the individual patient.

Using Technology to Fight Opioid Fraud & Abuse—A Big Step in the Right Direction

In 2014, more than 28,000 American lives were cut short by opioid overdose. In fact, opioid overdose quadrupled from 2000 to 2014, and is now the nation’s number-one cause of preventable deathi.  But these potent prescription drugs—which include painkillers like morphine and oxycodone—can help to effectively manage chronic pain for millions of people when properly prescribed, administered and monitored.

Building on Existing Collaboration for True Interoperability

Connectivity, interoperability and seamless information exchange are necessities in today’s data-driven environment. And though there are many different approaches and initiatives underway, we are still waiting to see quality drastically improved and disparate networks truly connected.

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.

I’ll Take One Refill, Hold the Fax

Although we’ve made great strides in e-prescribing adoption over the past 10 years, not all aspects of the process have been fully optimized. One question I hear all too often is: “Why do I still receive prescription refill requests by fax from electronically enabled pharmacies?”