Surescripts national record locator service adds 14 health systems

Interoperability project enables clinicians to get patient information within their EHR workflow.
By Mike Miliard
10:52 AM

More than a dozen new health systems have signed on with Surescripts' National Record Locator Service, giving their clinical staff easy visibility into electronic health records for nearly 230 million patients nationwide.

Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania, The Institute for Family Health in New York, JPS Health Network in Texas, St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho, WakeMed Health & Hospitals in North Carolina and Metro Health-University of Michigan Health are among the health systems joining NRLS, enabling their clinicians to see where patients have previously received care and gain information within their EHR workflow.

"Having the opportunity to implement National Record Locator Service will benefit both our patients and providers in accessing the most up-to-date patient information, so timely and accurate diagnosis can be obtained," said Marc Chasin, MD, chief information officer at St. Luke’s Health System.

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First launched in April 2015, the Surescripts service partners with EHR vendors such as Epic and eClinicalWorks. It operates within the nationwide Carequality Interoperability Framework, enabling better care coordination by allowing clinicians to access patient records across locations, settings, networks and technology platforms.

NRLS now reaches patients in all 50 states and is either live or soon to be in a dozen metropolitan areas: Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas/Fort Worth; Los Angeles; New York; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; St. Louis and Portland, Oregon.

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