McCloskey, P. (2007). Pharmacies Launch Emergency Rx History Service. Government Health IT.
This article describes Emergency Rx History, which was a nationwide data service that gave individual physicians and healthcare organizations electronic access to the prescription drug histories of people suddenly dislocated by natural disasters or other emergencies. It allowed healthcare providers to link via an electronic records system or web portal to the prescription drug records of people who use the nation's leading pharmacies, such as Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, and CVS. (Note: The system described by the author is no longer available. However, the resource is included in this Topic Collection as the elements and framework may prove to be valuable for future efforts.)