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Using Technology to Fight Opioid Fraud & Abuse—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.

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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).

Monumental Network Growth Means Good Things for Healthcare

Our 2015 National Progress Report is chock full of good news. There’s no question that the entire healthcare ecosystem is embracing the potential of a fully digitized healthcare system. Providers and pharmacists are increasingly accessing and exchanging critical patient information where and when they need it most.

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.

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