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Improving Patient Safety with the Click of a Button

Medical errors are a leading cause of poor patient outcomes in the United States, including patient dissatisfaction, hospital readmissions, medical malpractice claims and even death. Many of these problems can be avoided if physicians have access to their patients’ comprehensive medication lists at the point of care, enabling more accurate medication reconciliation. Unfortunately, accurate lists can be difficult to compile and maintain when a patient sees multiple doctors and has medications filled by various pharmacies.

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Technology is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

With 78 people dying each day from opioid overdoses, using the power of technology to help save lives is no longer optional. During a Surescripts panel discussion at HIMSS17, “Combating the Opioid Epidemic,” a number of industry experts explored how technology—namely electronic prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) and electronic access to Medication History data—can deliver the actionable intelligence needed to reduce opiate fraud and abuse.

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.

Using Actionable Intelligence to Improve Patient Safety

In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, below are highlights from our HIMSS17 panel discussion “Improving Patient Safety with Actionable Intelligence.” Patient safety affects all parts of the health care system. Research suggests that 440,000 patients die each year as a result of preventable medical harm, and many others suffer lasting health consequences.

HIMSS17: Using Actionable Intelligence to Improve Patient Safety

Patient safety is the foundation of effective healthcare, but information gaps ranging from inaccessible medical records to incomplete medication histories continue to plague the industry. These inconsistencies are inefficient, frustrate already burdened providers and negatively impact patients. According to The Atlantic, the U.S. spends $750 billion per year on unnecessary and inefficient healthcare services.

Electronic Prior Authorization Delivers the “Holy Grail” of Healthcare: Increased Patient Safety, Lower Costs and Higher Quality

When patients visit a doctor’s office or pharmacy, they want convenience. Consumers expect care to be delivered with ease and efficiency, so they can follow their providers’ recommendations with confidence. But when physicians don’t know if their patients’ medications will be covered by insurance or patients are forced to wait to fill prescriptions only to find out they can’t afford them, the process breaks down for everyone.

HIMSS17: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Our nation has been crippled by the devastating opioid addiction epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid drug overdoses played a role in 33,091 deaths in the United States in 2015, and that number is expected to continue to rise.

Can Manual Prior Authorizations Damage Patient/Provider Relationships? One Doc’s Word of Caution

Prior authorizations cause significant frustration in healthcare today, partly due to the fact that physicians and their staff are forced to spend up to eight hours per week manually processing them. With most patient appointments being less than 15 minutes and much of that time being spent verbally rehashing medical histories, providers and patients are more pressed for time than ever.

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