I wrote a brief piece for the newly renamed Digital Healthcare and Productivity on ePrescribing. Don’t get too carried away by the headline in the piece—I did know about Surescripts before this week! But while the dog-food has now been put into a can with an easy release top (eRx apps connected to pharmacies), it’s still not clear how fast the dogs are going to eat it.
Those of you in the tech world might want to come back here to comment.
In the late 1990s several companies promised to
bring handheld ePrescribing to America’s physicians. ePrescribing was
supposed to improve efficiency for doctors, particularly by reducing
calls from pharmacies to their offices. But most savings from
ePrescribing go to pharmacies, whose employees spend less time entering
data, and to health plans because ePrescribing helps increases generic
substitution. In addition, many early systems ended up generating a fax
from office to pharmacy becausethere was no easy way to transmit those
prescriptions electronically. Continue …