- Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities.
Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history data services is a positive step toward optimizing patient health outcomes and improving patient safety among the aging population.
In under a year, the health information network has already delivered more than 200,000 patient health records and medication histories to users in LTPAC settings.
“As the aging population continues to grow, it is critical for long-term and post-acute care providers to have the most complete patient data possible,” said Chief Product Officer of Surescripts Mike Pritts. “Many patients in LTPAC facilities and seniors with in-home care have multiple medications prescribed by several doctors. With Surescripts, providers can easily access their patients’ medication data, helping them make better-informed decisions that improve care and safety.”
Through complete patient health records and medication histories, Surescripts offers providers much-needed information regarding adverse drug reactions and associated readmissions.
Adverse drug reactions are a significant patient safety threat in LTPAC settings.
However, EHRs and complete patient health histories have proven useful in reducing patient safety threats associated with adverse drug reactions.
The more comprehensive, timely, and accurate the picture of a patient’s medical history, the more likely providers will have the information necessary to reduce or prevent the negative effects of medication errors.
Surescripts will also equip LTPAC providers with immediate access to year-long historical views of patient medication data drawn directly from pharmacies, which will allow providers to verify patients are using their medications as prescribed.
The health information exchange network has also enabled connections to two health IT products aimed at home healthcare and long-term care facilities: SigmaCare and Homecare Homebase.
“In home healthcare, providers need to deliver high-quality care outside of a typical clinical setting, so it can be difficult to obtain complete patient information in real time,” said Chief Strategy Officer of Homecare Homebase Scott Pattillo. “By connecting to Surescripts, our providers have access to the most complete patient medication history information, so they can provide high-quality and better-informed care.”
According to a recent study, frequent review of digital medication data is necessary as pharmacists and nurses are often distracted when filling orders, leading to a high occurrence of medication error.
“In long-term and post-acute care facilities, healthcare providers need to administer quality care quickly and efficiently, but they often lack adequate information,” said Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at SigmaCare Fred Martin. “Now with Surescripts, our customers have access to comprehensive medication history information, so they can provide timely and improved care to their patients.”
Surescripts Medication History service has been available to Homecare Homebase users since July of 2016 and SigmaCare users since April of last year.
The health information network’s further expansion into LTPAC facilities will allow providers better access to complete health information to avoid problems inherent to delivering patient care outside of clinical settings.