electronic prescribing

Electronic Prescribing

RightSource encourages physicians to prescribe electronically in order to reduce medication errors and increase patient safety by utilizing the eligibility, formulary, and medication history information available to the physician at the point of care.

What is electronic prescribing?

Electronic prescribing (also known as e-prescribing) simply means the transmission via electronic means of prescriptions or prescription-related information between the prescriber, dispenser, pharmacy benefit manager and / or health plan. This transmission may happen directly or through an intermediary, such as an e-prescribing network. E-prescribing includes, but is not limited to, two-way transmissions between the point of care and the dispenser.

Why use electronic prescribing?

Electronic prescribing may improve safety, efficiency and consumer convenience. E-prescribing allows prescribers to write and transmit prescriptions electronically while integrating formularies, patient medication histories and other messaging. Ultimately, electronic prescriptions may be transmitted to the patient's pharmacy of choice. Multiple tools and options allow prescribers varying degrees of sophistication.

E-prescribing uses advanced technology to connect patients, physicians, pharmacists and payers within a secured national network infrastructure.

At the point of care, e-prescribing gives the prescriber access to real-time patient information, including:

  • • Patient pharmacy benefit eligibility and coverage
  • • Formulary
  • • Medication history information
  • • Drug-to-drug interactions and allergies

Value of electronic prescribing

The value of e-prescribing in preventing medication errors is that each prescription can be electronically checked at the time of prescribing for dosage, interactions with other medications and therapeutic duplication.

E-prescribing could potentially improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost by:

  • Promoting appropriate drug usage ? such as following a medication regimen for a specific condition
  • Providing information ? about formulary-based drug coverage, including formulary alternatives and copayment information
  • Speeding up the process ? of refilling medications

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Additional Resources

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Making the Transition to Electronic Prescribing
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