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Most Prescriptions Sent Electronically

More than half of all prescriptions in the U.S. were routed electronically, according to the 2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings.

(Source: Surescripts '2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings')

(Source: Surescripts "2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings")

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5/28/2014 | 10:23:35 AM
Re: prescriptions
@Alison Good points about calling in. My doctors have yet to offer me the option of electronic uploads, though. As for the wait, the only time that might be mandated is if they want to first verify the insurance with the customer present. But no matter what -- even when they have that info on file -- CVS seems to keep everyone waiting 20 minutes for prescriptions. 
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5/28/2014 | 10:20:30 AM
Re: prescriptions
When a doctor's office calls in prescriptions, there are a couple of problems: For one, it takes away time the nurse or office manager could spend doing something else. For another, the likelihood of error increases. Some of these medications sound very similar and it's really easy to mistake one drug or dosage for another. Similarly, faxing over a prescription can generate mistakes or time delays since faxes can fall to the floor or handwritten scripts, especially when faxed, are easily misread.

With e-prescriptions, the doctor, nurse, or manager, simply pushes a button on the computer screen from the EHR, usually, and sends the typewritten script to the pharmacy of the patient's choice. The fact that you're still waiting is more about your pharmacy's policy than the system! Some pharmacies don't fill a script until the patient shows up. I steer clear of that kind of pharmacy, personally!
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5/27/2014 | 6:46:10 PM
Interesting, my doctors still write out prescriptions and offer to call them in to the drugstore. Calling it in is supposed to save time, but somehow the pharmacy still always manages to keep me waiting 20 minutes or more for the prescription to be ready. 
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