Surescripts: All Healthcare Is Not Local - The Human Cost of Disparate Health Data

“Healthcare is local” is a common refrain among healthcare professionals and in the broader healthcare industry. Yet, the data from our NRLS Early Adopter program seems to corroborate—and go beyond—a 2011 study entitled (in part) “All Health Care is Not Local,” which was focused on intrastate patient visit activity. Our NRLS Early Adopter program, while limited to participants in just six states, suggested patients visiting those participants collectively represented all fifty states. 

Care coordination is a key element not just of healthcare reform efforts, but a critical ingredient to advancing healthcare. Surescripts National Record Locator Service was designed to be scalable, deliver value from the outset and deliver actionable intelligence to physicians and providers to help fulfill the promise of health IT.