Networking vendor Surescripts will substantially expand its offering of secure messaging software with the announcement of 19 state health information exchanges and health information service providers as new customers.

Surescripts, best known for its nationwide electronic prescription network, announced in October 2010 an investment in secure messaging vendor Kryptiq as its first move into transmitting clinical data. The initiative quickly gained momentum in late 2012 when Surescripts acquired Kryptiq, whose technology is based on the federally developed Direct Project protocols. Clients since then include Rite Aid, Merge Healthcare, NextGen Health Information Systems and Epic Systems Corp.

The 19 new organizations adopting the service offer access to more than 70,000 potential clinical users, according to Surescripts. Health information exchange clients include Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients in Maryland, Ohio Health Information Partnership, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, Great Lakes HIE in Michigan, Greater Rochester Regional Health Information Organization in New York, HealtheConnections RHIO in New York, HealthInfoNet in Maine, Illinois HIE, Iowa HIE, Keystone Health Information Exchange in Pennsylvania, MaxMD in New Jersey, Michigan Health Connect, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, Western New York Clinical Information Exchange and West Virginia Health Information Network.

Health information organizations signing with Surescripts include Cerner Corp., Informatics Corporation of America, Quest Diagnostics and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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