Overcoming Medication Adherence Issues Using Surescripts

Executive Summary

One of the most common causes for non-adherence to prescribed medications by patients is the inability to afford them. Non-consumption invariably results in poor health outcomes — throwing the system that is constantly striving to leverage technology for better care delivery clearly out of gear. Price transparency is such a critical factor. Knowing what a patient can afford, before prescribing, is highly relevant in identifying the most appropriate therapy — one that will draw adherence. And to arrive at that, physicians need access to information on eligibility, drug formulary and costing. Combining these with prior authorization equips physicians to take the most appropriate course of action. But, it is the lack of availability of information at the time of prescribing that is the biggest hurdle.