Different areas of the industry were recognizing an urgent need for a leap forward. Pharmacy associations formed SureScript Systems to create a link to physicians and replace paper prescriptions with more accurate e-prescribing. And the three largest PBMs—Caremark, Express Scripts and Medco Health—formed RxHub to create a link between payers and prescribers.
These competing organizations formed a historical alliance as Surescripts. Their goal was to build a national network to connect clinicians, EHRs, hospitals, PBMs, pharmacies and technology vendors. They believed in the value of having comprehensive patient information at the point of care.