Pharmacy immunization records can be sent straight to EHRs

Posted March 26, 2012

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Walgreens and Surescripts announced that physicians using electronic health record systems certified for Surescripts Clinical Interoperability services will be able to have patients’ clinical care summaries sent directly to their EHRs from any Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacies, or Walgreens-owned Take Care Clinics.

The service will allow physicians to stay up-to-date on any immunizations their patients may have received at one of those locations. Later in 2012, physicians will be able to use the Surescripts network to meet state and local public health agency reporting requirements.

Physicians hoping to use the services must check with their vendors to ensure that their EHRs are certified for Surescripts Clinical Interoperability services. Surescripts spokesman Rob Cronin said about 15 EHR vendors have the certification or are implementing it. The company is in discussion with a number of other large vendors, Cronin said.

Physicians without an interoperable EHR system can continue to receive care summaries from TakeCare Clinics or Walgreens pharmacists by fax or traditional mail.

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