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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.

Ajit Dhavle, Vice President of Clinical Quality, Surescripts

Pharma: Why Can't Physicians Find Your New Drugs in their EHRs?

Pharmaceutical executives contact me with the same problem time and time again: “My reps keep telling me that physicians cannot find our new drugs in their EHR.” They can hire the best sales reps in the business, but if doctors are unable to find those medications in their EHR when it comes time to prescribe, they simply cannot deliver electronically!

I-STOP Legislation Takes Effect in New York, Spurs Provider eRx and EPCS Adoption

Electronic prescribing is a first line defense for combating rampant prescription fraud and abuse in the nation today. And in New York, both prescribers and pharmacies have embraced its capabilities in order to make a difference in the fight against opioid abuse while ensuring patient safety and privacy, care quality, and process efficiency remain at the forefront.

Studies Highlight Threats and Opportunities of E-Prescribing Drug Codification

While standards have helped move health information exchange and interoperability forward, selected challenges remain. Two recently released studies in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy and Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association examine deficiencies in e-prescribing drug name identifiers and recommend strategies for improving the quality of care.

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.

Surescripts Joins White House Precision Medicine Initiative to Make Personalized Care a Reality

The need to harness new technologies and innovations to save lives and improve care is ringing true in Washington, D.C. and reverberating across the nation once again today.  Joining an esteemed group of healthcare delivery systems, technology leaders, start-ups, foundations, patient advocates and research groups, Surescripts is pleased to announce its plans to support the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (the “PMI”).

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...

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