E-prescribing software allows clinicians to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies.
our experience with e-prescribing software
Here are a few of our experiences with e-prescribing:
- Computerized Physician Order Entry system
- Connecting an application to an existing e-prescribing system.
- Medication refill history
- New Medication Orders
- Refill Orders
- Using First Databank to help
- Using Lexi-Comp's medication database
- Using RxNorm
- Building a cloud based e-prescribing software that is integrated into more than 30 EMRs using an API.
- Creating a Software as a service e-prescribing system - processing over 1 million prescriptions per year.
overview of e-prescribing software
E-prescribing software allows clinicians to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies. E-prescribing can increase care quality in a number of ways.
E-prescribing makes sure that the prescriber is providing enough specific information for the pharmacist to fill the prescription, including the name of the drug, the dosage, its physical form, the route, and the physician's instructions. It eliminates the time and effort of trying to understand the prescriber's handwriting, as well as the chance of an error. Additionally, E-prescribing significantly reduces the chance that the prescriber's intentions are misinterpreted.
In addition, medication histories can be retrieved from pharmacies and insurers, to give a more complete picture of what each patient has been prescribed and has been filled. Physicians can also find out which drugs are more or less expensive for their patients based on their insurance. Working with the patient to find drugs that they can afford increases the chance that their prescription(s) will be filled and that they will improve.
E-prescribing software is considered one of the most effective uses of Healthcare IT, which is why the US Medicare program created payment penalties for physicians who do not use eprescriptions. In 2013, the penalties for not using e-prescribing software are an decrease of 1.5% in revenue for each patient. Due to the 2009 HITECH Act, electronic prescribing is required as part of any EMR (EHR) which qualifies for Medicare reimbursement.
Also, e-prescribing software is often used in conjuction with clinical decision support to ensure that any drug to drug interactions or drug to diagnosis issues are found and reported to the physician before the prescription order is completed.