Surescripts and NewCrop to Expand Care Collaboration and Coordination Across the U.S. Healthcare System
ARLINGTON, VA and HOUSTON, TX, Mar 04, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Surescripts and NewCrop, LLC, a leading provider of technology
relied on by more than 130 electronic health record (EHR) technology
providers and 30,000 healthcare professionals, today announced that
NewCrop will connect to The Surescripts Network for Clinical
Interoperability(TM). This connectivity will enable physicians using
EHRs with NewCrop technology to reliably and securely exchange
clinical information across practices, hospitals and other healthcare
entities nationwide. NewCrop serves small physician practices,
primarily focused on family practice and the specialties of
ophthalmology and cardiology, and concentrated regionally in New
York, California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Missouri.
NewCrop joins Epic, GE, Medent, NextGen and others as EHR technology
providers that have connected to The Surescripts Network for Clinical
Interoperability to enable more than 300,000 care providers in acute
and ambulatory settings across the United States.
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
EHRs, advancing the patient-centered medical home model of care, and
supporting accountable care organizations (ACOs). The Surescripts
Network for Clinical Interoperability is aligned with supporting
Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements and supports all Direct
protocols. Additionally, the Surescripts network offers the broadest
reach to connect with care providers and affiliates both inside and
outside of a health system, regardless of EHR system or electronic
connectivity and across any number of care settings. This expanded
reach helps enhance referrals, discharges and other key workflows
with providers outside of a health system.
"Every day, physicians caring for the same patient are prevented from
sharing important clinical information," said Harry Totonis,
president and CEO of Surescripts. "These technical barriers prevent
care coordination, and can result in an incomplete view of the
patient's health and an increase in the cost of caring for that
patient. Our relationship with NewCrop will give many more doctors --
including many in smaller practices -- a tangible, real-time solution
to their connectivity challenges and further improve coordination of
patient care throughout the nation."
"NewCrop was founded more than 10 years ago with the goal of
providing comprehensive e-prescribing services to EHR vendors of all
sizes -- and Surescripts continues to play a critical role in helping
us meet that objective with its retail pharmacy network and pharmacy
benefit manager service," said Craig Wagener, co-founder and CIO of
NewCrop. "With recent changes in healthcare, we assessed how we could
better serve our growing base of healthcare professionals and EHR
vendors. We looked at a number of options in the market and selected
The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability because of its
rich functionality, which will allow the care providers who rely on
our EHR vendors to gain immediate access to secure
provider-to-provider collaboration and state immunization registries.
By working with Surescripts we can help improve healthcare
collaboration and patient outcomes."
The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability allows clinical
care information, including clinical messages, immunization
summaries, CCDs, referrals, discharge summaries and lab results, to
be transmitted between peers, practices and health systems locally
and nationally across all technology platforms. The network 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 health care for all. For more information, go to
www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.
NewCrop LLC provides electronic prescribing systems,
delivered over the Internet and designed for incorporation into
electronic medical records. All features are available as a
comprehensive user interface or, via data services, as individual
components. EPCS is available, as well as all interconnectivity
requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2. To learn more about NewCrop,
please visit www.newcroprx.com.
WCG for Surescripts
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