The proof of the benefits of e-prescribing is undeniable and growing daily. When a basic CPOE (computerized physician order entry) is used, it reduces the odds of medication errors by 70%. (1) To date, the estimated savings from preventing adverse drug events alone totaled $4.64 billion. (2)
The following data was acquired by ONC from Surescripts, the nation's leading e-prescription network.
- There are currently 8,271 total e-prescribers in the State of Indiana which is an increase of 480 in just 3 months.
- 47.1% of office-based Indiana physicians sent an electronic prescription via Surescripts while the national average is 43%.
- There are currently 74% of e-prescribers in Indiana that send more than 20 e-prescriptions monthly while nationally, the number is 71%. We hope to see this number grow both nationally and statewide in the near future.
- Tracking the distribution of new prescriptions and renewal requests on the Surescripts network is a useful way to assess the robustness of HIE. Renewal requests are more complicated than new because it is a two-way transaction (pharmacist must identify and locate the original prescriber) whereas a new prescription is a one-way process. 84% of prescriptions in the State are new while 16% are renewal.
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(1) Devine et. al (2010)
(2) Center for IT Leadership (2010)