The app should ease prescribers' workflows, which have been disrupted as states embraced electronic prescribing for controlled substances.
Modern Healthcare health IT reporter Joseph Conn interviewed Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton about the role of e-prescribing in achieving meaningful interoperability.
A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide accurate drug-pricing information for patients and physicians.
The nation's largest e-prescribing network reported another big jump in e-prescribing volume, but the number of e-prescribers increased more slowly and e-prescribing of controlled substances has lagged.
There is interoperability in American healthcare, more than is generally thought, a federal health IT official and multiple advisers noted during a rare joint meeting Wednesday of the two main federally chartered health information technology advisory panels.
Surescripts, an electronic prescription and clinical technology network, has named Tom Skelton CEO. Skelton will start Aug. 25. He has several years of executive experience in the healthcare technology sector, most recently working with Foundation Radiology Group and Med3000.
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.