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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.

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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.

Live Video Chat Recap: Healthcare Leaders Discuss the “Abysmal” Prior Authorization Process and Opportunities to Fix It with Technology

Abysmal. That’s the first word that comes to mind when Mandi Bishop talks about today’s prior authorization process. During Surescripts’ early-December live video chat, Taking the Pain Out of Prior Authorization, Bishop, co-founder of Aloha Health and a passionate patient advocate, said the process has become a “tragic comedy.”

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.

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