36 Percent of Office-based Physicians are E-Prescribing


E-prescribing adoption rates surged from 190 million in 2009 to 326 million in 2010, with cardiologists and family practitioners being the most affected.

According to a Surescripts report, e-prescribing is now used by 36 percent of office-based physicians in the U.S.

The number of prescribers routing prescriptions electronically grew from 74,000 at the end of 2008 to 234,000 by the end of 2010 – representing 34 percent of all office-based prescribers and 36 percent of office-based physicians. E-prescribing adoption rates are highest among cardiologists (49 percent) and family practitioners (47 percent). In terms of practice size, adoption rates are highest among practices with five to 10 physicians (44 percent) and two to five physicians (42 percent).

Other highlights from the report include:

  • The number of electronic prescriptions in 2010 grew to 326 million up from 190 million e-prescriptions in 2009. By the end of 2010, approximately 25 percent of eligible prescriptions were prescribed electronically
  • In 2010, approximately twice as many patient visits to doctors’ offices included the opportunity for physicians to access a patient’s prescription benefit information and medication history in order to prescribe safer and lower cost prescriptions.
  • At the end of 2010, approximately 91 percent of community pharmacies and six of the largest mail-order pharmacies in the United States were able to receive prescriptions electronically.

If your practice is ready to start e-prescribing, contact Harmony Healthcare IT to get setup.

May 16 2011

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