US pharmacies have joined with e-prescribing network provider SureScripts in a collaboration described as the country’s most significant effort to date to create a national digital health record system.
SureScripts says the establishment of such a system will give physicians access to more detailed, clinical information on a patient’s current and past medications, information which can be used to make more informed medical decisions.
The company says the service is to be enabled by SureScripts’ unique ability to connect to and pool data from the nation’s community pharmacies, and present that data to physicians through software from a SureScripts certified solutions provider.
According to SureScripts, the announcement signals a giant leap forward in the utility of personal health records and the effort to fulfill the federal government’s goal of 100 percent adoption among US citizens by 2014.
Edward Fotsch, MD, of the physician-patient communications network, Medem, said, The new service will make critical information available to consumers and their providers and will allow automated patient reminders and education, improving medication adherence and care management. SureScripts and Medem will integrate the new medication history service with the iHealthRecord – putting more informed, empowered patients on the same virtual page as their physicians and pharmacists.
SureScripts expects to launch the service by April 1 in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Nevada, Tennessee, New Jersey and Florida, and intends to have it running in at least 10 states by the end of the year.