Drug store chain Rite Aid will use the clinical network of Surescripts to transmit patient immunization notifications to physicians.

The service, designed to better coordinate care between the retail pharmacy and its customers’ providers, will send notifications electronically, via a fax or by mail. Rite Aid expects to have the connectivity available in its 4,600 stores within a few weeks.

Surescripts is best known for its nationwide electronic prescribing network, but expanded into the non-prescribing arena by partnering with and then acquiring secure messaging vendor Krytiq. The clinical network supports the Direct Project protocols for secure messaging. Other available transactions include clinical notes, immunization summaries, Continuity of Care Documents, referrals, discharge summaries, and lab and diagnostic imaging reports.

Four software vendors in recent months have linked to Surescripts’ clinical network to facilitate clinical messages that transmit patient data into physicians’ electronic health records systems: Epic Systems Corp., GE Healthcare, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and Merge Healthcare.

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