The growth of e-prescribing

E-prescribing is widely considered to be a good thing. Is your electronic medical record (EMR) robust enough to handle it, as is gloStream’s fully integrated electronic medical record and practice management solution gloSuite?

A new briefing paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) gives some numbers that reveal just how quickly e-prescribing is being adopted.

Between December 2008 and June 2012, the ONC studied changes in rates of physician e-prescribing as well as the capability of pharmacies to accept e-prescriptions.

During that time, e-prescribing increased by 41 percentage points: In December 2008, 7 percent of U.S. physicians were e-prescribing using an EMR; by June 2012, 48 percent were.

Moreover, the growth in e-prescribing wasn’t limited to physicians. In the time period the ONC studied, the percentage of community pharmacies that could accept e-prescriptions grew from 76 percent to 94 percent.

The full report can be found here. For more information about gloSuite, gloStream’s robust, flagship product, contact us.

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