Tuesday, July 01, 2008

SureScripts and RxHub Merger= SureScriptsRxHub

It's not quite the connection of the Atlantic and Pacific railroads, but pretty close.
SureScripts was a formed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). RxHub was founded by the nation’s three largest PBMs – CVS Caremark Corporation, Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Local pharmacies will now share the same network as the mail-order houses. One certification should get the free-standing e-Prescribing and Electronic Health Record vendors access to almost everyone. Less cost for the vendors may mean less cost to deploy. SV

In 2008, the combined organization expects to transmit 100 million electronic prescription transactions and respond to more than 70 million requests by physicians confirming information about their patients’ drug coverages and medication histories. With appropriate patient consent, the combined organization will extend this information to clinicians caring for more than 200 million patients across the United States.

Easy, Efficient, Accurate, Safe and Secure
With this information more readily available, the process of prescribing medications is measurably improved by:

providing physicians with added knowledge of their patients;
enabling a more informed choice of therapy;
ensuring that the medicine intended by the physician is actually and accurately communicated to the pharmacy;
allowing patients to weigh important economic considerations within a range of appropriate clinical options before a prescription is written; and
adding convenience to the overall process.


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