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E-prescribing via the Surescripts network makes it easier for prescribers to select medications that are preferred by the patient's health plan, that meet therapeutic guidelines and are cost effective for the patient.
Surescripts certifies software used by prescribers, pharmacies and payers/PBMs for access to three core services:
- Prescription Benefit
- Medication History
- Prescription Routing
Surescripts' e-prescribing services allow physicians to electronically send prescriptions from their offices to more than 62,000 retail pharmacies and six of the largest mail order pharmacies. In addition, Surescripts provides physicians with electronic access to their patients' prescription benefit and medication history, which helps to improve safety and enables doctors to prescribe medications at the lowest cost to the patient.How E-Prescribing Works
By using a computer or handheld device with e-prescribing software, prescribers can electronically:
- Access Patient Prescription Benefit Information
- Access Patient Medication History
- Route Prescriptions to Patient's Pharmacy
E-prescribing occurs when a prescriber uses a computer or handheld device with software that enables a prescriber to:
- Electronically Access That Patient's Prescription Benefit: Electronically accessing a patient's prescription benefit information - both formulary and eligibility - allows prescribers to choose medications that are on formulary and are covered by the patient's drug benefit. Prescribers can also choose lower-cost alternatives such as generic drugs. Dispensing pharmacies are less likely to receive prescriptions that require changes based on the patient's drug benefit, which, in turn, reduces unnecessary phone calls from pharmacy staff to physician practices regarding drug coverage.
- With a Patient's Consent, Electronically Access that Patient's Medication History: Electronically accessing a patient's medication history allows prescribers to receive critically important information on their patients' current and past prescriptions and to become better informed about potential medication issues with their patients (e.g., catching potentially harmful drug-to-drug and drug-allergy interactions). Prescribers can use this information to improve safety and quality. And - by understanding the cycle of dispensing related to a prescription - prescribers can gain insight into a patient's medication adherence.
Benefits of E-Prescribing
- Electronically Route the Prescription to the Patient's Choice of Pharmacy: Exchanging prescription information electronically between prescribers and pharmacies improves the accuracy of the prescribing process and saves time. Time savings primarily result from reduced pharmacy phone calls and faxes related to prescription renewal authorizations as well as from a reduced need for pharmacy staff to key in prescription data.
E-prescribing represents an unprecedented opportunity to reduce healthcare costs and improve the safety and efficiency of a process relied upon by millions of patients every day.
- Reduce Healthcare Costs
- Improve Patient Safety
- Increase Efficiency
Point of care access to patient eligibility and formulary allows prescribers to determine the most clinically appropriate and cost effective medication for patients.
With a patient's permission, prescribers can use this service to securely access aggregated prescription history data from community pharmacies, as well as patient medication claims history from payers and pharmacy benefit managers.Prescription Routing
Surescripts' Prescription Routing service allows prescribers to send a prescription directly to the computer at over 85 percent of the nation's retail pharmacies and six of the nation's largest mail order pharmacies. In turn, pharmacies can use this service to send requests for prescription renewals directly to the computer at a practice where prescribers can review and respond to them directly.
For more information visit: http://www.surescripts.com