Surescripts adds scads of EHR vendors

As nationwide network grows, CEO Harry Totonis announces his departure
By Mike Miliard
11:03 AM

Nearly two dozen new electronic health record vendors have signed on with Surescripts' nationwide clinical network over the past year, helping expand the footprint for secure health information exchange, officials say.

These EHR systems include Adaptamed, AssistRx, Bizmatics, ChartLogic, ClinixMD, CureMD, ScriptSure, GeniusDoc, gloStream, HealthFusion, Henry Schein MicroMD, Medical Office Technologies, Intelligent Medical Software, Merge Healthcare, OA Systems, PatientPoint, SRSsoft, STI Computer and SuccessEHS.

"We continue to make significant progress towards breaking down costly communication barriers among care providers," said Harry Totonis, president and chief executive officer of Surescripts, in a press statement. "The Surescripts network provides connected EHRs and their rapidly growing contracted base the scale they need to connect care providers within a community and across the country."

[See also: Surescripts in connectivity mode.]

Surescripts clinical messaging allows patient-specific protected health information to be instantaneously and securely transmitted between care providers. Users of these EHR systems will be able to easily connect to the Surescripts network to enable clinical messaging capabilities as part of their efforts to meet new healthcare industry standards, including Stage 2 meaningful use.

"With Surescripts, now hospitals, providers and imaging centers can leverage an advanced imaging network to seamlessly exchange imaging information electronically with their community physicians and deliver reports directly into their EHR," said Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare, in a statement. "This simple solution allows our customers to meet meaningful use Stage 2 regulatory requirements, increase their referral business and enhance their overall financial performance."

Over a dozen years, Surescripts has built a network to facilitate the exchange health information among pharmacies, payers, physicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health information exchanges and more.

These latest EHR vendors represent a similarly broad array, serving markets such as ambulatory providers, specialists, acute care hospitals, medical labs, dental practices and veteranarians.

[See also: Surescripts boosts Epic interoperability.]

On Jan. 9, Surescripts announced that Totonis, who has served as president and chief executive officer for five years, will step down effective March 2014.

Totonis joined Surescripts shortly after its merger with RxHub in 2008 and successfully completed the acquisition of Kryptiq in 2012.

The Surescripts network has seen huge growth under his leadership, now enabling the transmission of more than 6 billion health data transactions annually. Today, Surescripts connects more than 500,000 prescribers, 94 percent of community pharmacies, the nation's PBMs, EHR/EMR vendors and many hospitals, to provide the secure electronic transmission of vital health information, including e-prescriptions, immunization records, continuity of care documents and referrals.

"Harry is a visionary — responsible for the transformation of Surescripts into the nation's leading clinical network that is shaping how healthcare connects and communicates by expanding capabilities to enable interoperability between health systems, physicians and pharmacists," said Steven Miller, MD, co-chairman of Surescripts' board, in a statement.

"I joined Surescripts with very clear objectives for the business, and I am proud that we have not just achieved them, but exceeded them," said Totonis in a statement. "The progress we made is a clear indication of the strength and opportunity of our network and an affirmation of the company’s strategy going forward."