ARLINGTON, Va. – May 21, 2014 – Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network, routed more than one billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a majority (58 percent) of all eligible prescriptions in the United States, sent by 73 percent of all office-based physicians. In addition to continued growth in electronic prescribing, the company’s 2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings highlights broader signs of growth in electronic health information exchange that support the federal government’s efforts to drive “meaningful use” of electronic health records.
“For more than a decade, Surescripts has operated a network and built the relationships to get the right information to the right place at the right time,” said Paul Uhrig, Acting CEO of Surescripts. “We’re incredibly proud to report measurable progress connecting and coordinating care providers through our network, because we believe that people and organizations working together will make healthcare more efficient, more effective and easier to navigate.”
The 2013 report includes the following major milestones:
- The total volume of prescriptions routed electronically increased 32 percent, up from 788 million in 2012 and 570 million in 2011.
- Nearly 700 million electronic medication history records (covering two-thirds of the U.S. population) were delivered in 2013, representing a 19 percent increase over 2012.
- The adoption of electronic prescribing by independent pharmacies increased 11 percent between 2011 and 2013, while adoption among chain pharmacies remained constant at 98 percent.
- As of 2013, 40 percent of pharmacies have achieved Surescripts certification to enable the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.
- The Surescripts network connects to 566,000 prescribers, more than 400 hospitals and health systems, more than 40 of the nation’s leading pharmacy benefit managers, more than 600 EHR applications, 43 state immunization registries, and 21 health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs).
“Just as we’ve witnessed continued growth in e-prescribing over the past 13 years, so too have we seen the complexity of the healthcare system multiply,” added Uhrig. “Today, Surescripts has the assets and the experience that are needed to connect hospitals, pharmacists, providers, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, and others, to enable the secure, electronic exchange of vast amounts of clinical data and make it useful across healthcare.” Delaware Again Leads Safe-Rx Rankings
In 2013, Delaware again leads Surescripts’ Safe-Rx Rankings, with 81 percent of physicians routing a total of 3.8 million electronic prescriptions. All states routed at least 45 percent of eligible prescriptions electronically last year, and electronic prescribing has increased to where the last place state in 2013 would have been the first place state in 2009, by a margin of 13 percentage points. Wisconsin, North Dakota and Connecticut all moved into the top 10 for the first time in 2013.
The Safe-Rx Rankings are a nationwide measure of each state’s progress in advancing healthcare safety, efficiency and quality through the adoption and use of electronic prescribing. The rankings recognize the full utilization of electronic prescribing based on volume of prescription benefit, medication history and routing transactions.
i Electronic prescriptions of controlled substances are not included.
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.