e-MDs Completes SureScripts ® Certification
e-MDs, a leading provider of electronic health record and practice management software, announced today that it has completed certification as a SureScripts Certified Solution ™ . Through the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange ™, operated by SureScripts, e-MDs users will now be able to electronically and securely exchange prescription information with community pharmacies.
This includes prescription refill requests, which physicians can receive via their office computer instead of their fax machine. Refill authorizations, or denials, can then be electronically communicated back to the pharmacy with a just a few clicks of a computer mouse, thereby eliminating many of the faxes and phone calls associated with the traditional refill process. New prescriptions can also be sent electronically, directly to pharmacy computers before a patient ever leaves their physician's office.
In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that more than 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by medication errors. In the same report, the IOM recommended that all prescriptions be written and received electronically by the year 2010.
"We are very excited to provide this service to our customers," said Chuck Frederick, Vice President of Clinical Applications at e-MDs. "We see electronic prescribing through SureScripts as another step toward arming physicians with the tools they need to improve patient care. Combined with the other features of e-MDs Solution Series, electronic prescriptions can help physicians provide better care, reduce errors and simplify their businesses."
"It's exciting to work with an established provider of electronic health record systems like e-MDs, who recognizes the value of pharmacy interoperability in a clinical environment," said Rick Ratliff, chief operating officer of SureScripts.
"By connecting to the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, e-MDs is enabling thousands of physicians to increase office efficiency, save time and, most importantly, improve patient safety. A direct electronic connection with pharmacies is central to eliminating the faxes, phone calls and other potential points for error in the prescribing process."
e-MDs is a leading developer of healthcare software solutions headquartered in Austin, Texas. e-MDs Solution Series™ , is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and PRACTICE MANAGEMENT software solutions, including clinical, financial, and document management modules designed to automate medical practice processes and chart management. Designed by physicians to improve care, reduce errors and simplify business so that time spent with patients is time billed and coded properly. With e-MDs, medical practices can visit, code and bill with a single application. For more information on e-MDs Solution Series, visit www.e-mds.com.
Founded by the pharmacy industry in 2001, SureScripts ® operates the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange ™, which facilitates the secure electronic transmission of prescription information between physicians and pharmacists and provides access to lifesaving information about patients during emergencies or routine care. Today, more than 95 percent of all pharmacies and all major physician technology vendors in the United States are certified on the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange. More information about SureScripts is available at www.surescripts.com .