ARLINGTON, Va. – April 4, 2016 – For the sixth consecutive year, Surescripts, the nation’s leading health information network, honors 16 health systems and technology vendors with the 2015 White Coat of Quality Award, recognizing their dedication to continually improving data quality and patient safety in e-prescribing. All 16 recipients have received this award previously and DAW Systems, HealthFusion, Pulse Systems, Inc. and WRS Health have won the award five years in a row.
“Surescripts is thrilled to acknowledge the organizations who are striving daily to achieve the goal of zero content errors in e-prescribing,” said Ajit Dhavle, Pharm.D, MBA, Vice President, Clinical Quality, Surescripts. “As new digital capabilities constantly emerge, all of us are responsible for improving e-prescribing quality to increase accuracy, reduce costs and save time for doctors, pharmacists and patients.”
As part of Surescripts’ Quality Management Program, the White Coat of Quality Award was established in 2010 to recognize organizations that meet rigorous e-prescribing standards around quality assurance. Since Surescripts connects more than 700 electronic health record (EHR) applications and processes more than one billion e-prescriptions annually, the impact on the quality and cost of health care is significant.
“As a long-time partner of Surescripts, we are honored to again be recognized with the White Coat of Quality Award this year,” said Shane Stenner, MD, MS, Ambulatory Director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clinical Systems. “Accurate and high-quality e-prescribing is an integral part of achieving successful outcomes and delivering high-quality care for our providers and their patients.”
Surescripts encourages all prescribers and technology vendors to use quality assurance in e-prescribing as an essential tool for creating a safer healthcare system. Requirements for the White Coat of Quality Award include measuring and reporting on e-prescription content quality like drug descriptions and identifiers, patient directions, prescriber notes and quantity information, implementation of software updates, and ongoing end-user training to better utilize e-prescribing systems and reduce errors.
“As we have four times previously, we are honored to be recognized again this year for our leadership and persistence in advancing e-prescribing quality industry-wide,” said Michael Lovett, Executive Vice President and General Manager for NextGen Healthcare. “The best practices set forth in the White Coat of Quality Award are meant to improve patient safety, lower costs, and increase productivity. By working closely with Surescripts, we are continuing to improve the quality, efficiency, and accuracy of the e-prescribing experience.”
The 2015 Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award recipients include:
- DAW Systems – ScriptSure
- Indian Health Service
- Lee Memorial Health System
- Meditab Software Inc.
- Medical Transcription Billing Corp. (NASDAQ: MTBC)
- NextGen Healthcare and HealthFusion (NASDAQ: QSII)
- Pulse Systems, Inc.
- STI Computer Services
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- WRS Health