75,000 AAFP Docs To Get HIE
Surescripts and AAFP will launch new nationwide service for clinical information exchange. The new service, Physicians Direct, will enable physicians to message each other securely online using SMTP (basic email protocol). They will be able to attach referrals, care summaries, discharge summaries, lab results, and other data pertinent to patient care.
This is the largest independent HIE (health information exchange) endeavor announced to date. The announcement, made just two days before HIMSS, did not get the media attention it deserved.
AAFP’s 75,000 members will be able to use Surescripts for electronic prescribing free of charge, however, they will have to pay $15 monthly each to use the Physicians Direct service. That charge will cover unlimited use of the service.
Non AAFP physicians will be able to subscribe to the service for a separate fee. A number of EHR vendors including Amazing Charts, e-MDs and SOAPware, have announced that they will link their EHR systems to the Surescripts network and participate in the program.
For more information see the FierceHealthIT article: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/surescripts-aafp-launch-secure-clinical-messaging-service-doctors/2011-02-15