Emerging and Encouraging Trends in E-Prescribing Adoption Among Providers and Pharmacies | Page 3
Published Online: September 20, 2013
Meghan H. Gabriel, PhD; Michael F. Furukawa, PhD; and Varun Vaidya, PhD
Data used for this analysis were generated from prescribers and pharmacies connected to the Surescripts Network and e-prescribing transactions that flow through the network. Due to the strength of market share, Surescripts can serve as a proxy for national trends analysis. While Surescripts captures the vast majority of outpatient transactions, it may not include transactions from a number of sources such as inpatient e-prescribing where the prescription goes directly to the hospital pharmacy, e-prescribing that occurs within a closed integrated delivery network (eg, Kaiser Permanente), and transactions that occur solely on competing networks.
E-prescribing is proving its potential to create a gateway to the improved patient care that health IT promises. The majority of pharmacies in the United States are able to accept e-prescriptions and nearly half of providers are e-prescribing via an EHR. These percentages have increased significantly as pharmacy and prescribing practitioner experience have grown. This study shows positive emerging trends in electronic prescribing by demonstrating accelerated growth in adoption of electronic prescribing at both provider and pharmacy level. Continuous efforts and focused investments can be expected to diminish most of the barriers to implementation in the future.
Author Affiliations: From Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (MHG, MFF), Washington, DC; College of Pharmacy (VV), University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
Funding Source: This study was funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The data used for this analysis were procured by ONC/HHS. MFF and MHG are federal government employees at ONC/HHS.
Author Disclosures: The authors (MHG, MFF, VV) report no relationship or financial interest with any entity that would pose a conflict of interest with the subject matter of this article.
Authorship Information: Concept and design (MHG, MFF); acquisition of data (MHG); analysis and interpretation of data (MHG, MFF, VV); drafting of the manuscript (MHG, MFF, VV); critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content (MHG, MFF, VV); statistical analysis (MHG, VV); obtaining funding (MHG, MFF); administrative, technical, or logistic support (MHG); and supervision (MFF).
Address correspondence to: Meghan H. Gabriel, PhD, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave, S.W. Washington, DC 20201. E-mail: Meghan.Gabriel@hhs.gov.
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