Supporting the timely sharing of health information to improve patient care
The Surescripts Network provides a single point of connection for true network interoperability. By connecting to Surescripts, IDNs, HIE and EHR networks can avoid cumbersome investments in multiple, expensive and complex point-to-point connections. Physicians can securely send timely health information electronically to improve patient care coordination.
EHR vendors who are already connected to the Surescripts network for e-prescribing should speak with their Alliances representative to learn more about connecting for clinical interoperability. Alternatively, and for EHR vendors, IDNs and HIEs not yet certified to connect to the network in any capacity, you may contact us online or learn more about our clinical interoperability services.
There are multiple, flexible ways in which healthcare providers
can connect to the Surescripts Network for Clinical
- Through a connected EHR technology vendor. A number of the nation's leading EHR technology vendors, including Epic, are signing up to connect their EHR systems to the Surescripts Clinical Interoperability Network, enabling robust sharing of information locally and nationwide among a rich directory of users. If your practice is currently using an EHR system, please check with your software vendor to determine their plans for certifying to connect to the Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability.
- AAFP has already made our Clinical Message Portal
available to its membership base. Delivered under the name
Physicians Direct Clinical Message Portal, this secure
electronic health information messaging service allows physicians
to send unlimited messages and data files to colleagues anywhere
across the nation. Physicians can use AAFP Physicians Direct
without implementing any additional technology in your
practice. To send messages through the AAFP Physicians Direct
Clinical Message Portal you simply need to set up an account, which
is created with a simple registration and
subscription process. Click here to
Flu shots and immunizations are increasingly part of the expanded services that many pharmacies are delivering in support of patient care. These services create new opportunities for pharmacists to connect with care providers. But delivering immunization records to physicians in a timely, coordinated and secure fashion also creates new challenges.
Surescripts Physician Notification Letter (PNL) for Immunizations allows pharmacies to take full advantage of this new opportunity to share health information. It also addresses the delivery and administrative challenges. Surescripts PNL for Immunizations creates
a direct, multi-channel connection with primary care providers that is a win-win-win for pharmacies, physicians and patients.
- A more efficient way for pharmacists to deliver immunization notifications: Care action updates are sent directly to primary care providers in whatever form they prefer.
- A more effective way for physicians to supplement case histories: A recent Surescripts survey of 400 physicians found that 39 percent of office-based doctors acknowledged that they are frequently missing immunization records during patient visits. Surescripts PNL for Immunizations helps provide more complete medical histories, delivering health information where and when it is needed.
- A more coordinated way to document patient care: When physicians have more complete histories, patients can have more thorough health care conversations, which help improve safety and health outcomes.
Download our Physician Notification Letter for Immunizations brochure to learn more or contact your Surescripts Alliances Representative.