ORLANDO, Fl. - February 24, 2014 - Surescripts, the nation’s largest clinical health information network, has joined Carequality as a founding member. Carequality launched today at HIMSS14 as a new industry-led initiative dedicated to accelerating progress in health data exchange among multi-platform networks, healthcare providers, electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors.
“Surescripts brings the scale needed to support industry-wide access to interoperable, patient-centered healthcare technology, but real health information exchange requires a truly collaborative effort,” said Harry Totonis, President and CEO of Surescripts. “We joined Carequality because we believe we must all move beyond the status quo in order to stabilize increasing healthcare costs and improve care nationwide.”
Surescripts, along with other founding members, will provide initial leadership and support for the group as well as ongoing commitment and implementation of its mission. Together with other Carequality members, Surescripts will develop a framework to drive nationwide standards for interoperability. This interoperability framework will improve connectivity, lower costs, and ultimately, improve health outcomes by enabling greater patient-centered and collaborative care.
Surescripts and a number of other Carequality members are already working together as part of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, where they will demonstrate how Surescripts’ Record Locator & Exchange (RLE) service can connect other EHR systems and HIE networks. This new offering from Surescripts will locate patient records stored in disparate locations, support electronic patient consent, and facilitate the exchange of information with the requesting care provider’s EHR, adding significant value in a streamlined process. With RLE, care providers receive comprehensive information about a patient with appropriate consent at the right time, in the right setting, and with the right context, improving care while saving time and money.
For more information on Surescripts work with Carequality, please visit Surescripts’ booth #2918 in the exhibit hall at HIMSS14 or visit www.surescripts.com/HIMSS14
Surescripts operates the largest health information network that connects the diverse and expansive community of care partners nationwide, including pharmacies, providers, benefit managers, and health information exchanges. Surescripts is leading the way for a more connected and collaborative healthcare system with a technology neutral platform that exchanges vast amounts of data across a disparate range of health technology systems in use today. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.