e-Prescribing, or eRx, is the new method doctors use to submit your prescriptions to payers and pharmacies. Now streamlined into a click of one button, electronic prescription submission replaced a procedure that once required a ream of copy paper and a perpetually busy fax line is Proven to reduce dosage and interpretation errors, e-Prescribing is now required for all certified EMR software that your doctor implements.
As a patient, you may not be aware how e-Prescribing benefits you, but it indeed does. From saving your life to saving time in line at the pharmacy, your doctor’s use of electronic prescriptions increases the quality of care you receive.
Safety First – The number one benefit patients receive from e-Prescribing is the protection from fatal dosage errors. Electronic prescription writing eliminates errors made in dosage calculations and prevents the names of medications from being misread by the pharmacy from doctors’ notoriously sloppy handwriting. Integrated with an EMR, you doctor can check for drug possible adverse reactions from allergies and other medications.
Your Past Meets Your Present – e-Prescribing lists all your medications from the past and present for your doctor to access. Doctors can utilize the informed clinical decision support of EMR based on comparing your medication list with your past treatment notes to devise a new or continued course of treatment.
Saves Time – Prescriptions get filled quicker through e-Prescribing. After your doctor checks for interactions and allergies, they submit the prescription to the payer to check eligibility of coverage and then submit it to the pharmacy. Without having to sit through dial-through menus or wait to speak to a pharmacist, e-Prescribing shaves minutes to hours off of the prescription process, meaning you get your medication faster.
Better Health! – Patients whose doctors use electronic prescribing are more likely to take their medications than those who do not have an eRx system. Did you know that a whopping 20% of paper prescriptions go unfilled? Patients either lose the paper script or don’t take it to the pharmacy because it’s too much of a hassle. e-Prescribing eliminates the patient from the submission process; all they have to do is pick it up. By correctly following the doctor’s recommended course of treatment, you can play an active role in improving the quality of care you receive and the overall quality of your health.