Are you still filling out paper prescriptions at your clinic? Study findings released this month by Surescripts, the nation’s largest e-prescription network (the network used by our VelociDoc EMR), show that you could be seeing higher first-fill adherence rates (i.e. new prescriptions that were picked up by the patient) if you switch to e-prescribing. Surescripts worked with pharmacies and pharmacy benefits managers to analyze de-identified data sets that represented 40 million prescription records. They compared electronic prescriptions with paper, phone, and faxed prescriptions to determine if there is a measurable difference in first-fill adherence rates. What they found was a 10 percent increase in first-fill adherence when physicians used e-prescribing.The graphic below illustrates an overly-simplified snapshot of their findings:
The study attributes this increase to two key factors:
If you’re still filling out prescriptions by hand, maybe it’s time to make the switch to e-prescribing.
For more details on the study, click here.
For information on Practice Velocity’s VelociDoc EMR, which is integrated with Surescripts e-prescribing, click here.