Surescripts Routes More Than Half of Prescriptions Electronically
The company also reported the adoption of electronic prescribing by independent pharmacies increased 11 percent between 2011 and 2013.Health information network Surescripts said it routed more than 1 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. The Surescripts network connects to 566,000 prescribers, more than 400 hospitals and health systems and more than 40 of the nation’s pharmacy benefit managers. The network also connects more than 600 electronic health record (HER) applications, 43 state immunization registries and 21 health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs). Overall, the total volume of prescriptions routed electronically increased 32 percent, up from 788 million in 2012 and 570 million in 2011, and as of 2013, 40 percent of pharmacies have achieved Surescripts certification to enable the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.
"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," Paul Uhrig, acting CEO of Surescripts, said in a statement. "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 health care more efficient, more effective and easier to navigate."