Fourteen large integrated delivery systems are among the latest organizations to start using the National Record Locator Service (NRLS) developed by Surescripts, doubling the number of systems to 28 having access to clinical records across the nation for 230 million patients, according to the vendor.

In addition, another 13 delivery systems have committed to use the service and are awaiting deployment, the company says.

Among the 14 health systems now using Surescripts’ record locator service are:

* Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh

* Institute for Family Health, New York

* JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas

* Metro Health-University of Michigan Health

* St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho

* WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C.

NRLS enables clinicians to see where patients previously received care and retrieve information from those visits within their existing electronic health record workflow. NRLS was introduced in April 2015 and the 28 systems currently using the service cover parts of all 50 states and 12 major metropolitan areas.

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Electronic health record vendors supporting NRLS include eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Aprima Medical Software.

Backed by the Surescripts network and operating within the nationwide Carequality Interoperability Framework that leverages a common set of legal, technical and policy rules for data sharing, NRLS helps providers improve care coordination and decrease diagnostic errors by allowing clinicians to identify and share nationwide clinical records across locations, settings, networks and technology platforms.

“In today’s fragmented healthcare environment, health systems need an easy way to securely exchange patient information,” said Tom Skelton, chief executive officer of Surescripts. “We are thrilled to help 14 more health systems access important patient care information to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care.”

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