Beacon Communities, Regional Extension Centers, Health Information Exchanges and Other Grant Applicants Can Request Benchmark Data Indicating Present Levels of EHR-Based E-Prescribing by Specific Geography
ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ST. PAUL, Minn. - January 11, 2010 - Surescripts, The Nation's EPrescription Network™, today announced it will help organizations applying for federal government grants designed to increase the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Organizations applying for such funding may be required to establish a baseline of EHR adoption within their specific geography. By leveraging its nationwide network, Surescripts can help these healthcare organizations avoid the time and expense of assembling this data on their own by providing a report that shows how many prescribers are using an EHR for e-prescribing.
"We are pleased to support entities seeking HITECH funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and to assist ONC and the federal government in its efforts to advance the meaningful use of electronic health records," said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. "Beyond enabling our work to improve the safety, quality and cost of healthcare, Surescripts' neutral network presents a unique opportunity to help keep track of how the nation is progressing in its move away from paper-based to paperless care. We are pleased to make this information available through a variety of important initiatives."
To request a standard EHR E-Prescriber Adoption Report, representative individuals from the applying organizations will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Requesting organizations should expect to provide Surescripts with the geography they are interested in (e.g., state, hospital service area (HSA), hospital referral region (HRR), county or group of counties). In turn, Surescripts will provide the number of prescribers in the targeted geography that are eprescribing through an EHR. Surescripts will respond to all inquiries within five business days and will provide this service free of charge until January 29, 2010 to support HITECH grant applicants.
Surescripts operates the nation's largest e-prescription network and supports a rapidly expanding ecosystem of health care organizations nationwide. Surescripts was founded on the principles of neutrality, transparency, interoperability, efficiency, collaboration and quality. Surescripts connects 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 health care providers secure, low-cost, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients' lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of health care for all. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com.