The total volume of prescriptions routed electronically increased 44
percent, up from 788 million in 2012 and 570 million in 2011.
Nearly 700 million electronic medication history records (covering
two-thirds of the U.S. population) were delivered in 2013,
representing a 19 percent increase over 2012.
The adoption of electronic prescribing by independent pharmacies
increased 11 percent between 2011 and 2013, while adoption among chain
pharmacies remained constant at 98 percent.
As of 2013, 40 percent of pharmacies have achieved Surescripts
certification to enable the electronic prescribing of controlled
The Surescripts network connects to 566,000 prescribers, more than 400
hospitals and health systems, more than 40 of the nation’s leading
pharmacy benefit managers, more than 600 EHR applications, 43 state
immunization registries, and 21 health information exchanges (HIEs)
and health information service providers (HISPs).
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network, routed
more than one billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a
majority (58 percent) of all eligible prescriptions1 in the
United States, sent by 73 percent of all office-based physicians. In
addition to continued growth in electronic prescribing, the company’s
2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings highlights broader
signs of growth in electronic health information exchange that support
the federal government’s efforts to drive “meaningful use” of electronic
“For more than a decade, Surescripts has operated a network and built
the relationships to get the right information to the right place at the
right time,” said Paul Uhrig, Acting CEO of Surescripts. “We’re
incredibly proud to report measurable progress connecting and
coordinating care providers through our network, because we believe that
people and organizations working together will make healthcare more
efficient, more effective and easier to navigate.”
The 2013 report includes the following major milestones:
“Just as we’ve witnessed continued growth in e-prescribing over the past
13 years, so too have we seen the complexity of the healthcare system
multiply,” added Uhrig. “Today, Surescripts has the assets and the
experience that are needed to connect hospitals, pharmacists, providers,
payers, pharmacy benefit managers, and others, to enable the secure,
electronic exchange of vast amounts of clinical data and make it useful
Delaware Again Leads Safe-Rx Rankings
In 2013, Delaware again leads Surescripts’ Safe-Rx Rankings, with 81
percent of physicians routing a total of 3.8 million electronic
prescriptions. All states routed at least 45 percent of eligible
prescriptions electronically last year, and electronic prescribing has
increased to where the last place state in 2013 would have been the
first place state in 2009, by a margin of 13 percentage points.
Wisconsin, North Dakota and Connecticut all moved into the top 10 for
the first time in 2013.
The Safe-Rx Rankings are a nationwide measure of each state’s progress
in advancing healthcare safety, efficiency and quality through the
adoption and use of electronic prescribing. The rankings recognize the
full utilization of electronic prescribing based on volume of
prescription benefit, medication history and routing transactions.
Surescripts is a nationwide health information network that connects,
exchanges, and activates health information between pharmacies, payers,
pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals, health information
exchanges and health technology firms. 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.
1 Electronic prescriptions of controlled substances are not
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