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Surescripts service facilitates access to Rx histories
August 4th, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Surescripts has introduced a service designed to make it easier for users of Microsoft HealthVault to access an electronic record of their prescriptions.
Called Medication History for Personal Health Records (PHRs), the new Surescripts service will allow consumers to request and receive records of their dispensed medications from community pharmacies using Surescripts' secure electronic connection to HealthVault, the national e-prescription network said Wednesday.
HealthVault is a Microsoft health application platform that lets users store and share their health data.
To use the Medication History for PHRs service, consumers will be prompted to log into their HealthVault account from the web sites of participating pharmacies and then request that their medication history be downloaded into their HealthVault account. Surescripts noted that to protect individuals' privacy, the service employs "a robust identity-proofing process" as part of the initial request.
After that process is completed, medication history can be updated any time there are new prescriptions dispensed from a participating pharmacy, without further action by the HealthVault user, according to Surescripts. Updates to medication history are made daily.
Surescripts pointed out that the Medication History for PHRs service provides a significant benefit to pharmacies. By using their existing connection to the Surescripts network to deliver this data to their customers, pharmacies avoid the added expense and complexity of developing and maintaining direct, individual connections with personal health record services, the company explained.
"Our Medication History for Personal Health Records service represents a unique opportunity to simplify the way this information is delivered to consumers," Bob Beckley, senior vice president for customer innovation at Surescripts, said in a statement. "Pharmacies and PHR vendors can now link over one connection instead of many. This will consolidate their operations and enable them to make it easier for consumers to access their prescription information."
The Surescripts e-prescription network enables health care providers to electronically send prescriptions from their offices to more than 85% of retail pharmacies and six of the largest mail-order pharmacies, the company said..
"By connecting its service to HealthVault, Surescripts is enabling people to actively use their prescription history in the context of their broader health and wellness information, which we think will lead to smarter decisions and ultimately better health management," commented David Cerino, general manager for Microsoft's Health Solutions Group.