PRESCRIPTION ACCURACY

E-prescribing will realize its full potential by continuing to drive broader adoption and better data quality for the benefit of every pharmacist, prescriber and patient.

October 2017

Looking at Patient Safety Enhancements for National Healthcare Quality Week

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October 2017

CancelRx and the Medication Management Puzzle: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

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September 2017

When It Comes to E-Prescribing, Everyone Wins

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July 2017

The Road to Perfecting E-Prescriptions

E-prescribing is only as good as the quality of the data that goes in. So while the "pipes" of our network are unmatched by any other in the country, it's what's inside those pipes that matters. Read more...

July 2017

Why Pharmacist-Physician Collaborations Are Key to Quality Care: A Q&A with Shelly Spiro

Surescripts 2016 National Progress Report showed that more health data is being exchanged today than ever before, making quality and accuracy even more critical. One important element of data quality is industry collaboration, particularly between pharmacists and physicians. Read more...

April 2017

Industry Collaboration Is the Key to Improving Patient Safety

With more than one billion e-prescriptions flowing through our network every year, we must ensure the data is comprehensive, accurate and usable. When clinicians and pharmacists receive reliable information at critical points of care--we call it actionable patient intelligence--they can make better informed decisions. This leads to lower costs, higher quality and increased safety--the "holy grail" of healthcare. Read more...

April 2017

Surescripts Sentinel™ Takes E-Prescribing to a Whole New Level

With the shift toward value-based care and the fact that three-fourths of the nation's prescriptions are now electronic, data accuracy is more important than ever. And given that 1.5 billion electronic prescriptions cross the Surescripts network each year, we must ensure the information is correct and workflows are efficient so patient care and safety can be optimized. Read more...

April 2017

Beyond 10.6: Industry Leaders Collaborate to Prepare for the New SCRIPT Standard

When it comes to healthcare technology implementation, transitions can't be made in a vacuum. As the industry prepares for the new NCPDP SCRIPT standard - with the release date and standard specifics yet to be finalized - we know collaboration is key to ensuring compliance and a smooth transition. Read more...

March 2017

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. Read more...

March 2017

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. Read more...

February 2017

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. Read more...

February 2017

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. Read more...

February 2017

Linda Stotsky: A Lack of Electronic Data Exchange Capabilities Makes Caregiving “Dizzying”

The transition from having healthy parents to becoming a caregiver for ailing parents is a challenging experience many adults face. Add to it the difficulty of managing and exchanging data between providers, along with barriers to filling prescriptions, and it quickly becomes a "dizzying" task. Read more...

October 2016

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. Read more...

October 2016

A Better Partner for Community Pharmacists

With over 70 percent of all prescriptions processed electronically, e-prescribing is proof that interoperability is happening. But with many prescriptions still requiring manual intervention, there is still work to be done to improve accuracy and efficiency across the network. Read more...

October 2016

The Rise of Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances: How Does Your State Rank?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new clinical guidelines to improve the process for prescribing controlled substances. However, there is another important step providers can take to combat the nation's opioid epidemic: digitizing the process with Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS). Read more...

July 2016

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. Read more...

May 2016

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. Read more...

March 2016

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 and 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. Read more...

October 2015

10 Years of Interoperability in Action: A Historical Look at E-Prescribing

As National Health IT week kicks off its 10th anniversary, it's worth reflecting on our achievements over the past 10 years and highlight one of the most successful examples of interoperability: electronic prescribing. Read more...

January 2015

Overcoming e-Prescribing Quality Issues

While e-prescribing does speed up the time it takes information to reach the pharmacy and eliminates the need to protect against coffee spills or physical damage, we are always looking for ways to improve the process. Read more...

July 2014

Improving Formulary Compliance through E-Prescribing

In previous posts, I've blogged about the value of medication history during transitions of care, and offered perspective on how medication history can save hospitals time and money, all while improving clinical quality. Read more...

May 2014

Setting the Standard for E-Prescribing Quality

As I mentioned in a previous blog post post, we developed the Quality Management Framework to measure safety, accuracy and completeness of e-prescription transactions. Read more...

April 2013

Denied New To Follow Workflow

In the workflow for electronic prescription routing, there are two core message flows. The first deals with the routing of an entirely new prescription, called "NewRx" in the NCPDP standard. Read more...

September 2010

Drug Databases

All e-prescribing systems use a drug database at their core. Several commercial alternatives exist, as well as some low cost or free data sources. Read more...

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