There has been a significant increase in nationwide e-prescribing adoption rates over the past couple of years according to a new post on the HealthIT.gov blog. According to the article the increase is delivering positive outcomes for the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. Among the positives noted in the story are:
- A 2010 study done by the Weill Cornell Medical College, and supported by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, found that physicians make seven times fewer errors when using electronic systems to prescribe than when they are writing prescriptions by hand.
- A 2012 study by Surescripts found that e-prescribing significantly increases the likelihood of first-fill medication adherence (i.e., new prescriptions picked up by the patient) and could lead to $140 to $240 billion in health care savings and improved outcomes over the next 10 years.
The article touches on three broad themes:
- Creating an Environment that Advances e-Prescribing (Hint – States that establish policies grow e-prescribing quickly)
- Reducing Barriers for Rural and Independent Pharmacy Adoption
- Setting and Monitoring Goals
If you’re at all interested in e-prescribing it is well worth your time to read the post E-Prescribing Adoption: A Prescription for Progress.