New Service Will Allow Microsoft HealthVault Users to Electronically Link with Community Pharmacies
ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ST. PAUL, Minn. - August 4, 2010 - Surescripts, the Nation's E-Prescription Network™, today announced a service that will make it easier for consumers to access an electronic record of their prescriptions. This service - Medication History for Personal Health Records (PHRs) - will allow consumers that use Microsoft HealthVault to request and receive records of their dispensed medications from community pharmacies using Surescripts' secure electronic connection to HealthVault.
Users will be prompted to log into their HealthVault account from the websites of participating community pharmacies and request that their medication history be downloaded into their HealthVault account. A robust identity proofing process is incorporated as part of this initial request to protect privacy. Upon successful completion of this process, medication history can be updated any time there are new prescriptions dispensed from a participating pharmacy without further action by the HealthVault user. Updates to medication history will be made daily, allowing users to keep their records as current as possible.
Providing consumers with the opportunity to create or supplement their own record of medication history using information provided by pharmacies empowers them to take a more active role in their care. And, when shared with their various healthcare providers, this information promotes more complete drug-todrug
and drug-allergy interaction checks, which supports improvement in the safety and quality of the prescribing process.
"Medication history is critical to ensuring that people have a useful longitudinal view of their health - whether they are monitoring their own well-being or that of a family member," said David Cerino, general manager for Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. "By connecting its service to HealthVault, Surescripts is
enabling people to actively use their prescription history in the context of their broader health and wellness information, which we think will lead to smarter decisions, and ultimately better health management."
Significant Benefit to Pharmacies as well as Patients
Surescripts' Medication History for PHRs service also provides a significant benefit to pharmacies. By using their existing connection to the Surescripts network to deliver this information to their customers, pharmacies avoid the added expense and complexity of developing and maintaining direct, individual
connections with personal health record services.
"Our Medication History for Personal Health Records service represents a unique opportunity to simplify the way this information is delivered to consumers," said Bob Beckley, senior vice president for customer innovation at Surescripts. "Pharmacies and PHR vendors can now link over one connection instead of many. This will consolidate their operations and enable them to make it easier for consumers to access their prescription information."
Surescripts operates the nation's largest e-prescription network, offering e-prescribing services that allow physicians to electronically send prescriptions from their offices to over 85% of retail pharmacies and six of the largest mail order pharmacies. In addition, Surescripts provides physicians with electronic access to their patients' prescription benefit and medication history, which improves safety and enables doctors to prescribe medications with the lowest out-of-pocket cost to the patient.
Surescripts operates the nation's largest e-prescription network and supports a rapidly expanding ecosystem of healthcare organizations nationwide. Surescripts was founded on the principles of neutrality, transparency, interoperability, efficiency, collaboration and quality. Surescripts connect prescribers in all 50 states through their choice of e-prescribing software to the nation's leading payers, chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies. Available during emergencies or routine care, The Nation's E-Prescription Network gives healthcare providers secure, low-cost, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients' lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare for all. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com.