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Groundbreaking Technology Brings Interoperability to Life—and is Gaining Momentum Nationwide

October 10, 2018

From the Eastern Seaboard to Silicon Valley, fewer Americans are staying in one geographical location from cradle to grave. American mobility, which became a reality in the 20th century, has more than accelerated in the 21st.

Accordingly, the healthcare American patients receive is no longer linear nor geographically contained. To care for this increasingly mobile patient population, providers need to know where, when and why their patients have received care.

As such, the demand for nationwide health information exchange is real, as evidenced by the rapid adoption of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange in care settings across the nation.

Fueled by expansion among users of leading EHR software vendors, utilization of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange increased by more than 40 percent since 2017 with 72,000 healthcare providers using the service as of August 2018. Each day, Surescripts processes nearly 13 million transactions—up from 425,702 transactions a day at the end of 2017.

This technology allows providers to quickly see where patients have received care, and locate and exchange records from across all 50 states, regardless of care setting or electronic health record (EHR).

This is true interoperability. And meets a real need.

“Having a record locator service is very important,” says Dave Cassel, Vice President for Carequality at the Sequoia Project. “Having one that's got a national scope is really important because no matter where you're located, you're always going to be seeing patients who have records elsewhere in the country. It's just a fact of our modern world—that patients move from place to place and are seen in different places.”

Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange leverages the Carequality Interoperability Framework, which provides a common set of legal, technical and policy rules for data sharing across locations, settings, networks and technology platforms.

Check out our press release, Surescripts Drives Significant Growth in Health Information Exchange, for more detail on Record Locator & Exchange’s nationwide momentum and impact. And download Surescripts 2017 National Progress Report to learn more about technologies that are delivering nationwide interoperability today.

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