ARLINGTON, Va. – May 22, 2017 – Surescripts continues to put actionable patient intelligence in the hands of hospitals and health systems with the expansion of its Medication History for Panel Management (“Panel Management”) data service. With the addition of CVS Health and Express Scripts, the service now provides dispensed prescription data coverage for over three-fourths of U.S. patients. Surescripts launched Panel Management in September 2016, and now provides a single connection to 14 pharmacy chains nationwide, six PBMs and eight independent pharmacy aggregators, providing the most comprehensive prescription dispensed data to enable more effective population health management.
“Prescriptions are a critical tool for treating chronically ill patients, who account for 91% of all prescriptions in the U.S. As such, timely and secure access to dispensed medication data is essential for hospitals and health systems pursuing more effective population health management,” said Tom Skelton, Chief Executive Officer of Surescripts. “The rapid expansion of our Panel Management service delivers critical data to providers about patient adherence, gaps in care, and other medication patterns for patient populations, particularly those who are chronically ill and high-volume users of the system.”
To date, Surescripts has securely delivered more than two million HIPAA-compliant medication histories through its panel management service nationwide. This intelligence is allowing healthcare providers to better manage high risk patient populations and ultimately improve care. For example, Panel Management enables providers and care managers to quickly identify patients who pick up medications from out-of-network prescribers at incorrect dosages. Providers are also given insight into patient medication adherence patterns, such as patients who habitually pick up 30-day refills of hypertensive medication in 45-day intervals.
“The PDC (Proportion of Days Covered) tool developed by Parkland’s Information Technologies division in collaboration with Surescripts has provided valuable clinical insight into the plan of care provided to our patients,” said Jon McManus, Director of Enterprise Data Governance at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
The most recent pharmacies and PBMs to connect to Surescripts Medication History for Panel Management service include:
- CVS Health
- Express Scripts
- Giant Eagle
“Dispensed prescription data is invaluable to providers looking to deliver high quality care, particularly when they are responsible for at-risk populations,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health. “Connecting with Surescripts to supply comprehensive patient medication information at the point of care advances interoperability and improves patient care by bringing pharmacists and physicians closer together.
“Access to complete and timely medication information is essential for positive health outcomes,” said Lynne Nowak, MD, VP, Clinical and Provider Solutions at Express Scripts. “With data provided through Surescripts Medication History for Panel Management solution, we are empowering providers to deliver the best possible care for their patients and drive better population health management.”
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