Surescripts Network Grows, Now Connecting Nearly 1,000 Hospitals

Sept. 26, 2014
Surescripts, the Arlington, Va.-based operator of a national clinical electronic network, has announced that the addition of nearly 100 major health systems to its network this year.

Surescripts, the Arlington, Va.-based operator of a national clinical electronic network, has announced that the addition of nearly 100 major health systems to its network this year.

Surescripts clinical messaging capabilities are now utilized by more than 2,000 provider organizations, including 130 health systems representing 971 hospitals and more than 18 percent of all staffed beds1 in the country, as well as 23 health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs), its officials say.

By connecting to the Surescripts network, thousands of healthcare providers nationwide are able to send and receive authenticated, encrypted health information directly between trusted recipients at other healthcare organizations, Surescripts officials say.

The following organizations are among those that have connected to Surescripts this year: Buffalo Medical Group, Geisinger Health System, MaineHealth, Mount Sinai Health System, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Texas Health Resources, University of Rochester Medical Center, UW Medicine, Valley Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“Connecting to the Surescripts network reinforces our commitment to provide our patients the best care possible,” Robert Molina, M.D., CMIO of Valley Medical Center, said in a statement. “The ability to communicate easily and efficiently with our care partners ensures that all of our physicians and healthcare providers will be armed with the right information at the right time to make informed and collaborative care decisions.”

Surescripts also recently announced that it is extending the scope of its immunization registry reporting service with the addition of four nationwide chain pharmacies, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, Safeway, and Walgreens, as well as three electronic health records (EHR) vendors, including Amazing Charts, Aprima and digiChart. Through the Surescripts network, pharmacies and EHR vendors now have access through a single connection point, to 44 state and regional immunization registries nationwide, covering 88 percent of the U.S. population.

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