Industry Leaders to Guide Development of Prescription History Service for HIEs
ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ST. PAUL, Minn. - Feb. 16, 2010 - Surescripts, The Nation's E-Prescription Network, today announced it has formed a committee to help guide the company's development of a prescription history service for health information exchanges. The HIE Advisory Committee will help Surescripts to engage, listen and work out the operational details of a prescription history service for HIEs
and other appropriate community entities. Surescripts intends to facilitate a connection to multiple data sources in a way that supports both meaningful use and shared objectives for patient safety, privacy and security.
"By leveraging the success and knowledge gained from several important pilots, Surescripts stands poised to work together with HIEs on a new, standardized prescription history service," said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. "To aid in this process, we are pleased to announce five professionals - known in their communities and nationally for their leadership - who have agreed to serve on an HIE advisory committee to Surescripts."
Committee members include:
• Laura Adams, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute
• Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia
• Dr. Marc Overhage, CEO of Indiana Health Information Exchange
• Robert Steffel, CEO of HealthBridge
• Dick Thompson, executive director and CEO of Quality Health Network
"Timely access to a patient's medication history is vital to delivering high quality, safe care," said Laura Adams, president and CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute. "I am pleased to be advising Surescripts as they develop their collaborative plan to provide the nation's HIEs with low-cost access to this critically important information."
"I applaud Surescripts for expanding their support to providers and patients," said Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia. "This initiative is very timely as we lay the foundations for meaningful use of electronic health records."
"We are pleased to participate in projects like this that contribute to improvements in quality and patient safety," said Dick Thompson, executive director and CEO of Quality Health Network.
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.