On October 7, 2008, a coalition of health care stakeholders released a “how-to” guide to help providers make informed decisions regarding how and when to transition from paper to electronic prescribing systems. The guide is called A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing. It was issued by eHealth Initiative (“eHI”) in cooperation with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the Medical Group Management Association, and the Center for Improving Medication Management.
Electronic prescribing is an efficient way to improve health care delivery, decrease medication errors, and prevent potentially dangerous drug interactions. But the transition from a paper system to an electronic system can be difficult. The newly-released guide is intended to eliminate some of the confusion about e-prescribing and help physicians begin to realize some of the benefits that e-prescribing can bring to both their patients and their practices.
The first part of the guide targets office-based clinicians who are new to the idea of e-prescribing and are looking for a basic understanding of e-prescribing – what it is, how it works, what the benefits and weaknesses are, and the current environment impacting its widespread adoption. The second part targets those office-based clinicians who are ready to use e-prescribing as a part of their practices.
To view the guide, click here.
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