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by Margaux Currie | Kashif Rathore
Published on September 18, 2018

As patients, we’ve all been to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for ourselves or loved ones, only to feel a little bit of sticker shock at the price of the medication. For many patients, this means facing a difficult choice: to either make a sacrifice so they may purchase their medication and adhere to their treatment regimen, or to not fill the prescription due to the financial burden. And as spending on medications in the United States increases with each passing year, the need for drug pricing transparency also increases.

In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we’re joined by Margaux Currie, Director of Product Innovation at Surescripts. Margaux leads Surescripts’ Real-Time Prescription Benefit, a Cerner solution powered by Surescripts’ network. We’re also joined by Kashif Rathore, Vice President of Interoperability at Cerner. Margaux and Kashif are here to talk about how hospitals and health care systems can adapt to the industry’s needs and consumer expectations pertaining prescription price transparency. Margaux and Kashif answer the following questions:

• First, let’s set the stage a little. Can you both discuss the industrywide move toward prescription drug price transparency and how it aligns with the growing focus on health care consumerism?

• How does prescription price transparency paired with electronic prior authorization at the point of prescribing improve medication adherence and the patient experience?

• Margaux, tell us a little bit about Surescripts and your network. How is Surescripts leveraging the ePrescribing network to streamline greater care?

• Can you both shape what the next 2-3 years look like regarding price transparency? How will price transparency within the workflow impact care decisions in the future?

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Learn more about price transparency from clients at the Advanced Prescribing Special Interest Group (SIG) on Monday, October 8 from 1-3 p.m. CST, right before the first general session at the 2018 Cerner Health Conference. Also make sure you stop by the Connect the Patient Story zone at the Solutions Gallery throughout CHC18. For more information or to register for CHC18, go here

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