As the nation’s single most trusted and capable health information network, our purpose is to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. To do so, we must ask one critical question: Are we delivering the actionable intelligence that providers need to make the best-informed care decisions for each and every patient?
Today, digital information is available “on demand.” We use apps to track our daily steps, check ER wait times online and pay doctor bills with our smartphones. Despite these advances and our more active roles as healthcare consumers, many healthcare decisions still suffer from a lack of critical information. Care providers are asking important questions like, “What medication is my patient taking? Is my patient adhering to their medication? What will a particular medication cost and are there alternatives? What other providers have seen my patient, and can I communicate with them for deeper understanding of what’s going on?” This is where Surescripts comes in. This report charts our progress made delivering the answers to these questions
Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid abuse epidemic. In 2015, opioid overdose killed more than 33,000 Americans. We're mapping the utilization of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) to better understand the scale of the problem, where technology adoption is lagging behind, and what e-prescribing trends can tell us about the impact of technology on this nationwide epidemic.
Chief Operating Officer, Aprima Medical Software
Senior Director, IT Quality and Safety, Research and National Health IT Policy, MedStar Health
Executive Director, Pharmacy HIT Collaborative