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Surescripts NRLS Use Live at 4 More Major Health Systems

The use of the Surescripts system for locating patient records National continues to grow with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Singing River Health Systems, SLUCare Physican Group, and WVU Medicine having gone live on the service.

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By Kate Monica

- Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) recently expanded its user base to include four additional major health systems, bumping the number of health systems using the service up to 14 nationwide.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Connecticut, Singing River Health Systems in Mississippi, SLUCare Physician Group in Missouri, and West Virginia University Medicine in West Virginia went live with Surescripts service, the health information network recently announced.

With these recent additions, NRLS now provides fast access to clinical records for 230 million patients in all 50 states and has gone live in 10 major urban areas including Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Portland, Oregon.

Saint Francis Hospital in Connecticut has 617 beds. As a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England, Saint Francis introduces an expansive healthcare delivery system to the Surescripts network. Saint Francis is also a member of Trinity Health in Livonia, MI, which is one of the largest multi-institutional healthcare networks in the country.

Singing River Health System in Mississippi is one of the largest employers of health service professionals in the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with a network encompassing over 300 physicians and two hospitals. 

SLUCare Physican Group is an academic medical practice at Saint Louis University involving over 500 healthcare providers throughout the Saint Louis region.

Finally, WVU Medicine comprises hospitals, clinics, and health professionals at the West Virginia University Health System with scientists at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Members of this community include physicians, specialists, and sub-specialists of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and all affiliated schools of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

These locations gain the capability to electronically exchange health data across technology platforms, providers, and networks through the Carequality framework. The Carequality framework allows NRLS to engage Carequality implementer locations so providers can identify and exchange electronic health records across disparate systems to streamline burdensome administrative duties keeping providers from focusing their attention on patient care.

“As consumers of healthcare, patients are demanding a more connected healthcare experience,” said Tom Skelton, Chief Executive Officer of Surescripts. “Our goal is to accelerate provider adoption of critical data-sharing technologies to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. With Surescripts National Record Locator Service, these healthcare organizations have access to actionable patient intelligence, and can make faster and better decisions to ultimately improve patient care.”

The benefits of Surescripts’ NRLS are already apparent to the healthcare organizations newly joining the service.

“Since deploying Surescripts National Record Locator Service in January, our care teams are already seeing the benefits of having real-time access to valuable clinical information, no matter where a patient previously received treatment,” said C. Steven Wolf, M.D., Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “We look forward to continuing to harness the benefits of NRLS to ensure that our patients receive top-quality care, in every circumstance.”

This recent addition to NRLS subscribers follows recent growth for the service, with Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks, and NextGen Healthcare joining to give users access to the electronic health record locator to expand EHR interoperability among providers.

Aprima Medical Software in particular contributes something valuable to the service as the first Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) partner involved with NRLS.

Surescripts’ NRLS currently covers 20 times as many patients as any other record locator service nationwide and continues to seek to expand its network. 

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