Surescripts and Rite Aid Improve Coordination of Patient Care by Delivering Electronic Immunization Records to Healthcare Providers
ARLINGTON, VA and CAMP HILL, PA, Dec 06, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Surescripts and Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD), one of the nation's leading
drugstore chains, announced today that Rite Aid will leverage The
Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability(TM) to
electronically deliver patient immunization notifications directly to
healthcare providers. The timely electronic delivery of immunization
notifications from pharmacy to healthcare providers will help
significantly improve coordination of care.
As care is increasingly delivered across a diverse set of care
partners, including pharmacies, maintaining up-to-date immunization
records can be challenging. The Surescripts Network for Clinical
Interoperability provides a new way to improve direct delivery of
immunizations between pharmacy and care providers, with guaranteed
delivery assurance, through the Surescripts(R) Physician Notification
Letter (PNL) for Immunizations. The PNL provides Rite Aid pharmacies
with the ability to deliver immunization records in an efficient,
coordinated and secure way.
In the coming weeks, through The Surescripts Network for Clinical
Interoperability, all of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies will
be able to send a notification of a patient's immunizations to the
patient's healthcare provider in whatever form the provider is able
to best receive it, including electronically or via fax or mail.
Pharmacies and healthcare providers also will have a more coordinated
way to share updates on delivered care and documentation related to
immunization. Timely notification is extremely valuable, because when
healthcare providers have more complete histories, they can have more
thorough healthcare conversations with their patients, helping
improve safety and health outcomes.
"Pharmacists continue to play a critical role on a patient's
healthcare team. At Surescripts, we are committed to supporting and
enhancing the delivery of valuable clinical care information directly
to care providers. By way of the Surescripts network, it will be
easier for Rite Aid pharmacists to provide much needed care delivery
information, such as immunizations, to other members of a patient's
healthcare team," said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of
Surescripts. "The Physician Notification Letter for Immunizations is
yet another step forward in our mission to enable more efficient care
coordination and improved patient safety."
"Today's patients are taking on a greater role in their health and
are putting more of a focus on preventative care than ever before,"
said Dan Miller, senior vice president of Pharmacy Operations for
Rite Aid. "Immunizations are an important part of preventative care
and that's why we've trained all Rite Aid pharmacists to be able to
provide immunizations as allowed by the state. By working with
Surescripts, we can improve and enhance the way we communicate with
other healthcare providers on our immunization services, ultimately
leading to improved patient care and health outcomes."
In the near future, Rite Aid pharmacies will also be able to use the
Surescripts network to send immunization reports to state and
regional public health registries where there is a mandatory or
voluntary reporting requirement.
About Clinical Interoperability
Clinical interoperability provides
secure electronic exchange for clinical health information among care
providers or care organizations, when and where it is needed, that
helps enable better care coordination, collaboration and delivery. It
is viewed by experts as the next critical step in accelerating the
digital transformation of the nation's healthcare system. The advance
of clinical interoperability plays a central role in a number of
important national healthcare initiatives, including improving
continuity of care, supporting the "meaningful use" of electronic
health records (EHRs), and advancing the patient-centered medical
home model of care, as well as accountable care.
Advantages of The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability
The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability is currently
being used by the nation's leading health systems and other providers
nationwide. It allows clinical care information, including clinical
messages, immunization summaries, CCDs, referrals, discharge
summaries and lab results, to be instantaneously transmitted between
peers, practices and health systems locally and nationally across all
The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability supports all
federal and state policies and standards for health information
exchange, including privacy and security standards (such as HIPAA and
state law), technology interoperability standards (such as Direct)
and message types such as HL7 and CCDA.
The Surescripts network supports the most
comprehensive ecosystem of healthcare organizations nationwide.
Pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals,
health information exchanges and health technology firms rely on
Surescripts to more easily and securely share health information.
Guided by the principles of neutrality, transparency, physician and
patient choice, open standards, collaboration and privacy,
Surescripts operates the nation's largest health information network.
By providing information for routine, recurring and emergency care,
Surescripts is committed to saving lives, improving efficiency and
reducing the cost of healthcare for all. For more information, go to
www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.
About Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the
nation's leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31
states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2012 annual revenues
of $26.1 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate
background and press releases, is available through the company's
website at www.riteaid.com.
WCG for Surescripts
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