More than half (52%) of the nation’s office-based doctors (291,000 physicians) now use electronic prescribing, and 94% of retail pharmacies nationwide are now connected and receiving electronic prescriptions, according to Surescripts.


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Physicians are gravitating to e-scripts

November 21st, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. – More than half (52%) of the nation’s office-based doctors (291,000 physicians) now use electronic prescribing, and 94% of retail pharmacies nationwide are now connected and receiving electronic prescriptions, according to Surescripts.

The figures were announced by Surescripts over Twitter as part of a nationwide online event featuring health care leaders and providers from across the United States. Those participants gathered to observe the sixth annual Safe-Rx Awards, given each year by Surescripts to the top 10 states based on e-prescribing use.

“Congratulations to this year’s Safe-Rx Award winners and to all the states for taking action to improve one of the most fundamental parts of our nation’s health care system,” says Harry Totonis, president and chief executive officer of Surescripts. “In three years the nation has moved from less than 10% to more than 50% of physicians e-prescribing. This represents one of the most significant milestones in the nationwide effort to adopt and achieve meaningful use of health information technology.”

Surescripts notes that there are now 357,000 active prescribers on its network (including office-based physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants).

Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in e-prescribing rates, followed by Delaware, Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon and North Carolina. According to Surescripts, prescribers in Massachusetts used e-prescribing for 43% of all prescriptions in 2010.

“In the next five years we are going to see electronic health information exchange of all types — e-prescribing, clinical summaries, population health — become commonplace and become the rule rather than the exception,” says Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

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