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Chapter on Electronic Prescribing Details Benefits, Status and Recommendations Moving Forward

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and ST. PAUL, Minn. - Feb. 24, 2010 - Surescripts, The Nation's E-Prescription Network™, today announced a contribution to Paper Kills 2.0, the sequel to the award-winning book Paper Kills: Transforming Health and Healthcare with Information Technology. In chapter 10 of the new book, Kate Berry, senior vice president of market development for Surescripts and executive director of the Center for Improving Medication Management, provides an in depth review and analysis of electronic prescribing and its central role in the nation's move away from paper-based to digital health care.

Berry's chapter, titled "Paperless Prescriptions: The E-Prescribing Revolution to Improve Healthcare Quality and Lower Costs," focuses on the inherent value in adopting an electronic approach to prescriptions. Berry explores specific stakeholder benefits to implementing electronic prescribing, as well as progress made thus far. She also identifies standards of practice physician offices should employ to ensure the successful deployment of e-prescribing.

"It is truly an honor to team up with this group of industry experts to discuss the importance of advancing health IT to improve health care quality and efficiency," said Berry. "The continuing growth and evolution of electronic prescribing adoption is a huge leap forward and will help transform health care into a safer, more cost-effective 21st-century model and we're excited about the progress to come."

"The move to paperless healthcare is a move to lower cost, higher quality healthcare," said Newt Gingrich, founder, Center for Health Transformation. "Paper Kills 2.0 offers an in-depth review of how information technology is transforming our current healthcare system, and few examples are better than electronic prescribing. Kate Berry's analysis of where e-prescribing is today and where it is headed tomorrow offers an insightful view into a national success story that can serve as a model for the nation's health IT strategy overall."

Published by the Center for Health Transformation, Paper Kills 2.0 includes contributions from Newt Gingrich, Tom Daschle and other industry leaders. The book explores the foremost information technologies that are currently impacting the nation's health system, with a look into future implications for improvements to move health care forward.

Berry joins other distinguished experts such as Peter Neupert, corporate vice president, Microsoft, Brent James, M.D., chief quality officer, Intermountain Healthcare, and Chad A. Eckes, chief information officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, who explore various topics related to health care innovation.
Paper Kills 2.0 is available for pre-sale and will begin shipping on March 1, 2010. To order, please visit the Center for Health Transformation store.
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About the Center for Health Transformation (CHT)
The Center for Health Transformation is a high-impact collaboration of private and public sector leaders committed to creating a 21st Century Intelligent Health System that saves lives and saves money for all Americans.

About Surescripts
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

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