|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Fwd: Paper Rxs Quickly Becoming a Thing of
Here, this is better
Paper Rxs quickly becoming a thing of the past
Mark Lowery, Content Editor
Publish Date: AUG 08,2014
Seven out of 10 prescribers use e-prescribing and virtually all
pharmacies are equipped to receive them, according to a recent
The report, “E-Prescribing Trends in the United States
was done by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology. It examined trends in e-prescribing using data
from Surescripts. The analysis included all 50 states and the District
of Columbia, as well as chain, franchise, and independent pharmacies.
*Read the DT Blog: Electronic prescriptions: Return to sender*
It attributes that significant increases in e-prescribing to the 2008
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act and incentive
programs Medicare and Medicaid began in 2011. In 2008, a mere 7% of
prescribers were using e-prescriptions.
“The growth in e-prescribing has not been limited to physicians. In that
same period [2008 to 2014], the percent of community pharmacies enabled
to accept e-prescriptions grew from 76% to 96%,” the reported stated.
“Nearly all community pharmacies are enabled to accept e-prescriptions
in Delaware (99%) and Maine (99%).”
According to the report, 57% of new and refill prescriptions were sent
electronically in 2013; and as of April 2014, nine of 10 pharmacies in
every state were able to accept e-prescriptions.
Minnesota (89%), Wisconsin (83%), and Massachusetts (77%) had the
highest rate of new prescriptions and refills sent electronically.
“However, the four states with the highest volume of
prescriptions—California, Texas, New York, and Florida—are all below the
national average,” the report said. “This presents an opportunity to
increase the proportion of new and renewals sent electronically among
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