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Totonis to step down as Surescripts CEO
January 9th, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – Surescripts announced that Harry Totonis plans to step down as its president and chief executive officer in March.
The clinical health information network said Thursday that its board of directors has retained an executive search firm to find a successor and that Totonis is working with the board to ensure a smooth transition.
Totonis joined Surescripts shortly after its merger with RxHub in 2008 and completed the acquisition of Kryptiq in 2012.
"I joined Surescripts with very clear objectives for the business, and I am proud that we have not just achieved them, but exceeded them," Totonis said in a statement. "The progress we made is a clear indication of the strength and opportunity of our network and an affirmation of the company’s strategy going forward. This is the right time for the transition, and I am confident Surescripts is in a strong position to continue to deliver on this strategy into the future."
Under Totonis' leadership, Surescripts said it has helped the pharmacy sector "make e-prescribing a reality" and established the leading clinical network to enable nationwide health information exchange.
"Harry is a visionary, responsible for the transformation of Surescripts into the nation's leading clinical network that is shaping how health care connects and communicates by expanding capabilities to enable interoperability between health systems, physicians and pharmacists," commented Steven Miller, co-chairman of the Surescripts board of directors. "We are extremely pleased with what Harry has accomplished and believe the company is well-positioned for continued success."
With Totonis at the helm, the Surescripts network has grown exponentially to enable the transmission of more than 6 billion health data transactions annually. Today, Surescripts connects more than 500,000 prescribers, 94% of community pharmacies, the nation’s PBMs, EHR/EMR vendors and many hospitals, providing secure electronic transmission of key health information, including e-prescriptions, immunization records, continuity of care documents and referrals.
"Surescripts, under Harry's leadership, has realized pharmacy's e-prescribing vision to enable pharmacy and providers in producing optimal outcomes and reducing health care costs," stated Douglas Hoey, co-chairman of the Surescripts board. "Harry has also built a team and infrastructure to ensure the company's continued success and growth, as it evolves to meet the changing needs of a dynamic health care environment."