Surescripts Passes Amazon & Uber
By ADVANCE Perspectives
Surescripts, the nation’s leading health information network, processed 9.7 billion secure health data transactions in 2015 — a 48% increase over 2014 — according to data in the company’s 2015 National Progress Report. With an average of 3.8 million electronic prescriptions in the United States each day, Surescripts surpassed the daily number of Amazon packages shipped (1.4 million) and Uber rides taken (2 million) worldwide.
During 2015, the Surescripts network connected more than 1 million healthcare professionals and provided access to information on more than 240 million patients. Additionally in 2015, 77% of all prescriptions were digital — up from 67% in 2014, and 58% in 2013 — as more doctors ditch the paper prescription pad in favor of e-prescribing.
Surescripts’ 2015 National Progress Report shows that healthcare providers are increasingly using technology that’s connected to the Surescripts network to securely exchange clinical data. Last year, the Surescripts network processed 1.4 billion electronic prescriptions, 1.05 billion medication histories and 15.3 million clinical messages, indicating tremendous growth in secure access to and sharing of patient health information between doctors, pharmacists, hospitals and health plans.
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The number of providers enabled to use electronic prescribing of controlled substances increased 359% in 2015, resulting in a more than 600% increase in e-prescriptions for these critical medications that require greater security and scrutiny to prevent fraud and abuse. In December 2015, opioids, which include painkillers like morphine and oxycodone, comprised 32% of all controlled substance e-prescriptions. Opioid overdose killed over 28,000 Americans in 2014 and leads the nation’s drug abuse epidemic as the number-one cause of preventable death, according to the CDC
Since 2010, the number of medication histories processed by Surescripts more than quadrupled, potentially saving hospitals more than $400 million, and helping to prevent more than 25,000 patient readmissions and more than 15,000 adverse drug events in 2015 alone. With medical errors estimated as the third-leading cause of death in the United States, access to a patient’s medication history at the point of care is key to improving the medication reconciliation process and preventing errors.
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In 2015, Surescripts continued to expand its network capabilities and connections. The company entered new and underserved markets like long-term and post-acute care, and enabled in-demand functionality like electronic prior authorization and patient record sharing. Surescripts is in the early adopter phase of its National Record Locator Service, a first-of-its-kind service that gives providers a fast and easy way to locate and exchange patient records. This ensures that providers have a more complete view of a patient’s health history, no matter where in the country the patient received care.
To view the 2015 National Progress Report, visit www.surescripts.com/report.