E-prescribing is moving to the forefront of healthcare IT thanks to the benefits it brings to patients, physician workflow efficiency, and pharmacies. In fact, 90 percent of pharmacies in the United States now accept electronic prescriptions and 70 percent of physicians use e-prescribing, according to the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. With this level of adoption, the industry is well on its way toward enjoying the patient safety, efficiency and cost savings benefits associated with e-prescribing.
E-prescribing continues to grow and evolve, providing even greater opportunities to enhance safety and improve outcomes by involving patients in their care and leveraging their health information and medical history.
Valuable quality and decision-support features built into e-prescribing have helped accelerate its adoption by physicians. These e-prescribing features enhance patient safety and improve workflow by helping providers:
- Write and send a script in under 15 seconds -- anywhere, anytime -- on any mobile device.
- Integrate with any EHR system.
- Instantly know the prices for any drugs – with just a few clicks/taps, making it simple for doctors and patients to compare prices by location and select the best option for the patient.
- Evaluates the patient’s medical record for potential drug interactions, allergies, and other factors that could lead to adverse reactions, providing quality decision support at the point of care.
- Improve legibility -- eliminating poor handwriting concerns.
- Provides real-time, patient-specific information to providers regarding a patient’s prescription drug benefit coverage, as well as the out-of-pocket costs the patient will incur at pharmacy.
- Do formulary checks at the point of care, resulting in better prescribing practices.
- Know allergic reactions (medication history and active meds list)
- Physicians interact with patients at the point of care, using a real-time medication history of a patient’s, fill data and trends.
- Providing physicians with access to Physician Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) offering a means of collaboration between medical professionals and patients in a joint effort to reduce abuse of controlled substances.
- E-Prior Authorizations (e-Prior Authorization can reduce the time to fill a prior authorization script from days/week to minutes)
Leveraging all of these advanced benefits of e-prescribing, is it any wonder that e-prescribing tools are at the forefront of healthcare IT today. They are helping pharmacies reduce costs, and helping physicians make better, proactive decisions at the point of care, allowing them to improve workflow, reduce costs and promote better outcomes.