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athenahealth Receives Two 2021 Surescripts White Coat Awards

athenahealth announced it has been named the winner of two 2021 Surescripts White Coat Awards, an honor celebrating healthcare industry leaders across the Surescripts Network Alliance that help improve healthcare through prescription accuracy. athenahealth is the only company to receive two 2021 Surescripts White Coat Awards. 

athenahealth is among 12 award winners that achieved top results in improving electronic prescription accuracy by adopting best practices and making technology enhancements that advance e-prescription accuracy. Surescripts named athenahealth a winner in the Tier 1 Electronic Health Records (EHR) segment of the Highest Accuracy award, as well as an RxChange Champion for supporting broader adoption and utilization of the transaction, which lets pharmacies communicate with prescribers electronically to request changes or clarifications to prescriptions and prior authorizations.

“On behalf of everyone at Surescripts, we are honored to recognize athenahealth’s achievement as a double 2021 Surescripts White Coat Award winner,” said Tom Skelton, CEO of Surescripts. “In addition to improving the prescribing process for physicians and pharmacists, athenahealth’s work helps protect patient safety, accelerate time to therapy, and ensures that patients get the best possible care.”

The Surescripts White Coat Award is part of Surescripts Critical Performance Improvement program, which aims to improve the quality of the e-prescriptions flowing through the Surescripts network. Since 2016, the network-wide Quality Index Score has improved by more than 80% as measured by Surescripts Sentinel®, a data analysis engine that monitors the accuracy of e-prescriptions and pinpoints areas for improvement. 

“Much like Surescripts, we place utmost importance on patient safety and outcomes – and we are honored to be recognized for doing what’s best for patients and providers,” said Paul Brient, chief product officer at athenahealth. “I’m incredibly proud of our team, which works diligently each day to simplify the prescription process and endeavors to provide the highest accuracy in e-prescription messages via our cloud-based, single-instance platform.” 

Brient noted that athenahealth’s intuitive workflows and actionable insights are designed to help reduce provider documentation time and close care gaps. With network medication recommendations based on the patient and diagnosis, a streamlined longitudinal medication list, and prescription change requests seamlessly embedded into the clinical workflow, providers using athenahealth’s clinician experience and support solution can more easily provide high-quality care for improved patient outcomes.

The Surescripts White Coat Award shines a spotlight on the efforts that healthcare organizations are making to improve prescription accuracy. The White Coat Award is Surescripts’ highest recognition for those who have adopted best practices and technology enhancements that demonstrate their commitment to improving patient safety and healthcare delivery.