The History of SCRIPT Standards


Ken Whittemore, VP of professional & regulatory affairs for SureScripts, discusses how SCRIPT standards began. This video was filmed at the 2019 NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego.

Ken Whittemore, MBA: In order for e-prescribing systems to work, there has to be an agreed upon language that can be used. And what that is for the e-prescribing system in the United States is known as the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard. NCPDP is an organization that’s created a number of different standards over the years—originally the universal claim form, and later on the electronic billing standard. And about 20 years ago, the members of that organization decided that a standard was going to be necessary in order to transmit prescriptions electronically. And that’s how the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard got started.

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