E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
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1/31/2013 | 9:12:53 PM
re: E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
Hi Peter,

Thanks for your comment. There seems to be some discrepancies between SureScripts data and this BlackBook Report, and you're not the first to bring this to my attention.

The report is available for purchase. For reference, the statistics in question were pulled from this paragraph contained in the report:

"Connectivity: While almost all chain pharmacies (97 percent) are connected to the e-Prescribing system, the vast majority (73 percent) of independent pharmacies are not yet connected. Although most payers or PBMs (representing about 200 million lives) are connected, the patient, formulary, eligibility, or medication history information may not be current. Many small or rural providers and pharmacies face additional issues, such as a lack of broadband connectivity and access to information technology professionals to support them."

Michelle McNickle
Associate Editor
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1/23/2013 | 10:28:39 PM
re: E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
ActuallyG㬠the vast majority of independent pharmacies ARE connected to the e-prescribing system. 2010 SureScripts data shows that 91% of all U.S. Pharmacies were accepting e-prescriptions, including 98% of chain pharmacies and 73% of independent pharmacies. Likely, SureScripts has more current data indicating even greater distribution of e-prescribing capability among independent pharmacies. So the road is not long - e-prescribing is here for the vast majority of patients and providers, and the next frontier for eGă˘prescribing is not general distribution but rather the addition of EPCS G㢠electronic prescribing of controlled substances.

Peter Kaufman, MD
Chief Medical Officer, DrFirst
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1/19/2013 | 2:42:44 AM
re: E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
While eRx certainly has it's challenges, I think the benefit it provides outweighs any pressures against it. It's a safer, more secure, instant and cheaper than traditional paper scripts in addition to interoperability and other countless pluses. I would be very surprised if in 2 years all pharmacies aren't connected to some sort of e-prescribing system, even the smaller independent pharmacies.

Jay Simmons
Information Week Contributor
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1/14/2013 | 8:22:09 PM
re: E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
We have a LONG way to go before the nation as a whole signs onto e-prescribing. As the article points out, " Although almost all chain pharmacies -- 97% -- are connected to the e-prescribing system, a vast majority of independent pharmacies are not."

This despite all the positive comments I've heard from docs who use this tool.

Paul Cerrato
InformationWeek Healthcare

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