The May 2012 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) offers the opportunity for a second look at an important recent study on e-prescribing. The study, “Transmitting and processing electronic prescriptions: experiences of physician practices and pharmacies,” examines practitioners’ experiences with this potentially game-changing technology.
The study, first available on the AMIA web site in November 2011, is now one of 12 articles included in the JAMIA issue on the “Focus on health information technology, electronic health records and their financial impact.” (It is available at no cost at http://jamia.bmj.com/content/current.) In the article, Joy M. Grossman, PhD, and colleagues from the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) conducted a qualitative analysis of 114 telephone interviews with representatives from 97 organizations including 24 physician practices, 48 community pharmacies, and three mail-order pharmacies actively transmitting or receiving e-prescriptions. This study is part of a larger qualitative project on e-prescribing. An earlier publication, released in May 2011, explored physician practice use of e-prescribing to access external information on patient medication histories, formularies and generic alternatives. It can be found at http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/1202/.