ICW, Surescripts develop eRx for New York
New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) has partnered with German eHealth specialist InterComponentWare (ICW) and Surescripts for an eHealth prototype project to facilitate prescription routing and deliver prescription history for NY residents through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).
New York's statewide health information technology strategy envisions widespread use of health IT tools by clinicians and consumers.
This prototype will demonstrate secure and accurate transmission of prescription benefit and prescription history information, and prescription routing between electronic medical records, the Surescripts network, and pharmacies and payers, utilizing technical services and standards for health information exchange included in the ICW HealthCare Connector installed in each provider's practice location.
Surescripts (formed by the merger of Surescripts and RxHub in 2008) connects the nation's payers, prescribers and pharmacies for the safe and secure electronic exchange of prescriptions and prescription information.
"SHIN-NY's vision for New Yorkers aligns with Surescripts' vision for all healthcare providers - secure, electronic access to prescription information that can save patients' lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare," said Rick Ratliff, president, Surescripts Virginia division. "The Surescripts network, coupled with ICW's technology, will be a significant first step towards statewide access to prescription history data across NYS."
Rachel Block, executive director of NYeC, said: "SHIN-NY was formed based on a statewide goal to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare for all New Yorkers. Information technology is a key ingredient in achieving our goals.
"By partnering with ICW, a proven technology provider, and Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescribing network, we will benefit from experience and will receive the guidance necessary for creating a fully interoperable, statewide health information network. And from here, we can address issues relative to population health management, drug efficacy, and statewide resource planning."
Jeremy Coote, CEO of ICW said: "New York's technical policies and standards can be leveraged by ICW to enable physicians' access to the Surescripts Network.
"The key to the success of this initiative lies in the governance and trust established by NYeC, combined with ICW's and Surescripts' ability to provide consistent and secure access in the providers' office."
The prototype project is in its initial phases and is on track for general implementation in late 2009.