Electronic Prescriptions/E-Prescribing is a big plus when implemented as a part of your EMR Solution. E-prescribing allows physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to transmit new prescriptions or renewals electronically to pharmacies. E-prescribing will improve the quality, safety and care of patients by increasing the accuracy of prescriptions and reducing the number of adverse drug reactions.

When physicians use E-prescriptions they are able to automatically and electronically exchange information securely with pharmacies. They can access payer information, verify patient eligibility, formulary information and medication history in real-time before writing a prescription; increasing physician proficiency, improving overall patient safety and quality of care, and reducing any potential errors.

Additionally, e-prescribing will increase efficiencies and decrease spending by reducing the amount of time spent communicating with pharmacists and increasing substitution of generic drugs for brand name drugs.

Excerpt fromA Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing:

“In 2009 Medicare began a program for clinicians, offering a 2% financial incentive for those prescribers using a “qualified” e-prescribing system. A “qualified” e-prescribing system must be capable of performing all of the following functions:

• Generating a complete active medication list incorporating electronic data received from applicable pharmacy drug plan(s) if available

• Selecting medications, printing prescriptions, electronically transmitting prescriptions, and conducting all safety checks (safety checks include: automated prompts that offer information on the drug being prescribed, potential inappropriate dose or route of administration, drug-drug interactions, allergy concerns, or warnings or cautions)

• Providing information related to the availability of lower cost, therapeutically appropriate alternatives (if any)

• Providing information on formulary or tiered formulary medications, patient

eligibility, and authorization requirements received electronically from the patient’s drug plan

E-prescribing encompasses clinical decision support to aid in safer, more informed prescribing such as access to information on drug-drug interactions, drug allergy interactions, patient medication history, pharmacy eligibility, formulary (which specifies a patient’s drug coverage), and benefits information. Electronic prescribing should be seen as an important step in improving patient care, with an eye toward moving to implementation of a complete EHR system.

E-prescribing offers a wealth of benefits to your practice.  However, some traditional web-based e-prescribing systems can be tedious and slow, requiring physicians to enter information by hand.  This can take up to five minutes per patient.  Many physicians are reluctant to spend this  much time when they can generate a traditional paper script in a few seconds.

An ideal system can give you the features you need without slowing you down.  If you are not currently e-prescribing, your practice is missing out on thousands of Medicare incentive dollars each year.  Contact us to find out how you can start using an efficient EMR system and start collecting your Medicare incentives.

Deb Gonzalez
Regional Sales Representative