Archive for January 22nd, 2007

Free ePrescribing

January 22, 2007

A new national initiative has a bold goal: “FREE electronic prescribing…for every physician in America”. The National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) is offering this service with a list of impressive corporate members. Based on AllScripts, the initiative has major medical groups as partners as well. One major limitation is implementing eRX in the absence of an EMR or RHIOs which means more double documentation for physicians already using EMRs or paper records.  While eRX has the potential for reducing errors, this double record keeping could add some risk. On the pro side of this initiative is the alerts and the elimination of dependency on paper scripts which can be prone to errors and often require phone calls from the pharmacist to the physician for clarification.

This will be an interesting trend to watch.

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