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E-prescribing is coming

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.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org.

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