The Surescripts Blog

Ajit Dhavle

Alert: New E-Prescription Quality Guidelines

Six years ago, Surescripts implemented the Clinical Quality Management program to measure, monitor and improve the quality of e-prescriptions flowing through the network. As part of this initiative, we conducted an analysis that revealed the absence of widely recognized guidelines and best practices for e-prescription messaging data quality.

Emily Carey, MS, RN-BC, Clinical Informatics Director at United Church Homes

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.

Surescripts at the ONC Annual Meeting: Combatting the Opioid Abuse with Health IT

Prescription opioid abuse in the United States is skyrocketing. In some cases, patients are “doctor shopping” – or visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions – in order to fly under the radar. In others, providers are simply overprescribing these highly-addictive opioids. And in nearly 9 percent of the cases, patients are resorting to forging or stealing paper prescriptions.

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.

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