The 2-minute Guide: e-Prescribing


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What you need to know about e-Prescribing and its benefits on patient health and increased efficiency.

e-Prescribing (electronic prescribing) facilitates the current prescription process by electronically transmitting prescription information between the physician, the patient and the pharmacy.

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The 2-minute Guide: e-Prescribing

  1. 1. The 2-minute Guide:e-PrescribingSummer  2013Wednesday, June 12, 13
  2. 2. e-Prescribing is an electronic avenue thatsends prescriptions directly from thephysician’s office to the pharmacy whilestoring prescription data in the patient’selectronic medical record (EMR) or electronichealth record (EHR).Wednesday, June 12, 13
  3. 3. e-PrescribingBenefits and DrawbacksGovernment Incentives123Wednesday, June 12, 13
  4. 4. Processe-Prescribing4First Step Second Step‣ A physician or staff member entersprescription information on acomputer using e-Prescriptionsoftware‣ which is simultaneouslyintegrated and recorded to thecorresponding patient’selectronic medical record‣ The e-Prescription is thenautomatically transmitted to thepatient’s preferred pharmacy‣ through a secure privatenetwork4Wednesday, June 12, 13
  5. 5. Benefits of e-PrescribingIncreasespatient safetyDone through warning systems and alerts at the point ofprescription that flag potentially harmful drug interactions,drug allergies, and dosage errorsIncreaseslegibilityEliminates legibility errors and aids in streamlining theoverall prescription process by reducing the need for call-backs from pharmacists to verify prescription informationRefills Helps request, receive and authorize refills much easierConvenienceProvides a great amount of convenience and flexibility tothe physician; Mobile electronic devices allow physicians towrite and renew prescriptions from any locationDramatically impacts quality of care; Automatic review offormulary guidelines allows health care professionals to selectmedication options that are cost effective to their patients12345Quality of care5Wednesday, June 12, 13
  6. 6. Drawbacks of e-Prescription‣Cost‣ May be prohibitive for a small practice‣ Training, maintenance and upgrades can be expensive‣Learning Curve‣ Transition time may result in lost time and efficiency‣Other‣ Illegible handwriting could be replaced by data entry errors‣ Possibility of downtime due to network problems or loss ofelectricity necessitates fall-back procedures6Wednesday, June 12, 13
  7. 7. Government Incentive‣Medicare is now offering financial benefits as partof a incentive program to help encourage thetransition to e-Prescribing and EMR / EHR‣In order to qualify for up to $44,000, eligible healthcare professionals who bill Medicare or Medicaidmust demonstrate 20 criteria to prove meaningfuluse of their EMR / EHR software‣e-Prescribing and CPOE is a key element7Wednesday, June 12, 13
  8. 8. works to connect physicians to the best EMR companies, matching the rightEMR system with specific medical practices. is the world’s largest directory ofEMR software vendors. It is a privately held company based in Cambridge, MA whose mission is tobetter organize the EMR software market. The company was founded by seasoned technology andhealthcare professionals in 2010 after the passing of The Health Information Technology forEconomic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).For more information about e-Prescribing, please visit us at: can help!About UsLocation:55 Cambridge ParkwaySuite 103Cambridge, MA 021428Wednesday, June 12, 13
  9. 9. Thank you for reading The 2-minute Guide: e-Prescribing.Please visit us at so we can help connect you to the best EMRcompanies!How can help!e-PrescribingWednesday, June 12, 13