Surescripts, the largest health information network in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it routed more than one billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a majority (58 percent) of all eligible prescriptions in the nation, sent by 73 percent of all office-based physicians.
Surescripts outlined the remarkable growth of electronic prescriptions this week in a post on the company’s website.
Based on the findings of the new report (covering all of 2013):
- The total volume of prescriptions routed electronically increased 32 percent, up from 788 million in 2012 and 570 million in 2011.
- Nearly 700 million electronic medication history records (covering two-thirds of the U.S. population) were delivered in 2013, representing a 19 percent increase over 2012.
- The adoption of electronic prescribing by independent pharmacies increased 11 percent between 2011 and 2013, while adoption among chain pharmacies remained constant at 98 percent.
- As of 2013, 40 percent of pharmacies have achieved Surescripts certification to enable the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.
- The Surescripts network connects to 566,000 prescribers, more than 400 hospitals and health systems, more than 40 of the nation’s leading pharmacy benefit managers, more than 600 EHR applications, 43 state immunization registries, and 21 health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs).
“Just as we’ve witnessed continued growth in e-prescribing over the past 13 years, so too have we seen the complexity of the healthcare system multiply,” says Paul Uhrig, Acting CEO of Surescripts. “Today, Surescripts has the assets and the experience that are needed to connect hospitals, pharmacists, providers, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, and others, to enable the secure, electronic exchange of vast amounts of clinical data and make it useful across healthcare.”