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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.

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Helps Fight Opioid Abuse

If you’ve followed the news lately, it’s no surprise that the opioid epidemic is a serious problem in America today. At this year’s HIMSS conference, Surescripts demonstrated how our National Record Locator Service (NRLS) is helping fight it. More than 7,000 conference-goers had the opportunity to see NRLS in action at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase as Surescripts demonstrated the service’s ability to identify patients exhibiting potential drug seeking behaviors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

For LTPAC Nurses, Technology Integration Starts with Clinical Assessment

Q&A with American Medical Informatics Association, Part One

When it comes to infusing technology into the care delivery process, never underestimate the power of a nurse. After more than 15 years in the field, Brenda Kulhanek, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS is one such change agent who is working to advance nursing informatics across the industry.

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.

Connecting in Cleveland

For the second year in a row, software engineers from Surescripts spent a week in January participating in the 2015 North American Connectathon in Cleveland.

Interoperability: Not just for EHRs

Lisa Schwartz, PharmD, Senior Director, Management Affairs at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) shares with us what exactly interoperability means to pharmacists and why it is equally important.

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,

EHR Intelligence Interview

Recently, I sat down with EHR Intelligence Editor Kyle Murphy to discuss the Surescripts E-Prescription Network, the recent rise of e-prescribing adoption and utilization, challenges facing expanded use, network interoperability, data security and more.

National Progress Report

This is an exciting week at Surescripts as we release the 2011 National Progress Report on Thursday. You can register for the event, but we have already pre-released a few important statistics.