Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Walgreens Uses e-Delivery of Patient Info to Physicians

Walgreens announced that it will use Surescripts’ Clinical Interoperability services to electronically deliver patient data directly to primary care providers to improve the coordination of care. In the coming months, all of the 7,800 Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies and 350 Take Care Clinics nationwide will use the Surescripts network to deliver immunization records to the patient’s primary care provider. Later this year, Walgreens will also use the Surescripts network to provide immunization reporting to state and local public health agencies, and Take Care Clinic patient summaries to the patient’s primary care provider.

A recent survey of 400 physicians by Surescripts illustrated the challenge of compiling more complete medical records: 39 percent responded that they are frequently missing immunization records during patient visits; 35 percent are often missing patient summaries.

Source: Walgreens News Release

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