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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.

Using Technology to Fight Opioid Fraud & Abuseā€”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.

Driving the Digital Shift in Healthcare

In 2015, Surescripts drove a massive digital shift in healthcare, processing 9.7 billion transactions across our nationwide health information network. In fact, each day, we processed an average of 3.8 million electronic prescriptions in the United States, surpassing giants Amazon (3 million packages each day) and Uber (1 million rides each day worldwide).

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.