Now Providing Free Access to National Record Locator Service
Locate Patient Records When and Where You Need Them Most for Free Until 2019.†
A number of EHR vendors, including Aprima, eClinicalWorks (eCW), Epic, Greenway Health, and NextGen Healthcare have already agreed to offer the capability to their customers. If you are a physician, please contact your EHR vendor representative to discuss an implementation plan for your practice. Read the press release
Hear NextGen HealthCare's Bob Barker on NRLS and Interoperability
A Comprehensive Solution
NRLS supports the unique needs of each organization with three layers of locator and exchange capabilities. Depending on the technology and needs of the requesting organization, NRLS can provide:
Provides basic patient/provider relationship information
Includes the coordinates of document repositories to automatically leverage existing point-to-point connections
Retrieves clinical documents through hub and spoke connectivity model to extend reach
Frequently Asked Questions About NRLS
What information does Surescripts store?
Surescripts stores basic demographic information, provided by healthcare providers, for purposes of patient matching and identification. Patient demographics include:
- Patient ID / Medical Record Number
- Patient name: First, middle, last, prefix, suffix
- Patient Address line 1 & 2
- Patient city, state, zip
- Patient date of birth
- Patient gender
If a patient has chosen to opt-out of NRLS, this demographic information will still be stored in the Surescripts database in order to ensure information is not exchanged through NRLS.
Surescripts does not store clinical records. Clinical records are stored and maintained by healthcare providers. Surescripts simply provides secure electronic transmission of records between providers.
What kind of information can be accessed through NRLS?
Surescripts NRLS will provide requesting healthcare providers with certain demographic information to ensure proper identification and patient matching. This information is: first name, last name, date of birth, gender, zip code. Surescripts will also provide relevant information about the locations where care has previously been received so the requesting healthcare provider can request clinical records. This information may include: location name, physician’s name, location address, location phone number, visit date and technical connection information to contact the record location. The specific records or clinical documents provided will depend on the record location. A typical example of a clinical document shared between healthcare providers is a summary of care record that includes information about a patient's visit, including:
- Family/Medical/Surgical/Social History
- Test Results (Lab, X-ray, EKG)
- Discharge Information
- Vital Signs (blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, temperature)
- Providers Progress Notes
Who has access to visit locations and records?
Healthcare providers who are currently providing treatment or managing ongoing care can request information through NRLS about previous treatment locations. Surescripts NRLS will provide the healthcare provider with that information and assist with retrieving records from those previous visits.
Why are you offering NRLS for free?
What types of organizations can take advantage of this opportunity?
Is it only free to the EHRs you’ve signed up?
What about FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)? I heard FHIR is going to be the solution for healthcare interoperability.
FHIR is a promising new healthcare technology standard that Surescripts is participating in developing. In fact, one of the future integration models for NRLS will use FHIR-based exchange for organizations that have not used IHE transactions. That said, healthcare data is incredibly vast and complicated and no single standard will be the complete solution. The emergence of new standards and new capabilities upon the foundations we’re building are all positive shifts in healthcare technology.
†Free NRLS subscription offer is subject to change without notice.