What is Surescripts’ approach to Clinical Interoperability?
Both the health care industry and federal government have
recognized a critical need for a national health information
network to facilitate secure electronic communication between
health care providers (including physicians, nurses, nurse
practitioners, and physician assistants). The lack of such a
network has limited the potential for providers to electronically
exchange clinical information to improve the quality of patient
In response to this need, Surescripts has expanded the scope of its national health information network to establish a common platform that allows health care providers, pharmacists, PBMs, EHRs, HIEs, and IDNs to electronically exchange clinical messages across a national network. Surescripts' best-in-class service offerings allow operators of regional networks to openly connect their users to Surescripts' national network and exchange clinical information with other providers across the country. To help enable the secure electronic exchange of clinical messages, Surescripts provides tools to electronic health record systems and all network participants to access these services.
These offerings allow EHRs, HIEs and IDNs to connect their customers to the network in a way that complements their own products and services. Providers not yet affiliated with a clinical messaging network can connect to the network directly by using a secure Web portal offered by Surescripts.
Surescripts' service expansion reflects our core principles of trust, neutrality, collaboration and quality. This expansion also supports all federal and state health information standards, including those dealing with privacy and security, Meaningful Use, transport methods including National Health Information Network Exchange and Direct Project, and data formats such as HL7, CCR, CCD and other recognized standards.
Ultimately, the expansion of Surescripts' national health information network will further contribute to reducing the cost, and improving the quality, safety and efficiency, of health care across the country. It will also provide deeper support for a physician's achievement of "meaningful use."
Frequently Asked Questions
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