Meaningful Use Leads to Growth of E-Prescribing Adoption by Physicians

According to a new report by Surescripts®, federal incentives to support healthcare IT have contributed to the growth of the nation’s use of electronic prescriptions by 72% in the previous year.

Surescripts has released “The National Progress Report on E-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare”, which tracks the status of e-prescribing adoption and use in the United States. This year’s report measures the effect of federal incentives on the growth of e-prescribing and EHRs software use in the last 3 years. The number of e-prescription subscribers grew from 74,000 in 2008 to 234,000 by 2010.

The report gives the following highlights:

  • E-prescribing is most popularly being adopted by cardiologists and family practitioners with adoption rates of 49% and 47% respectively
  • By the end of 2010, 25% of all eligible prescriptions were sent electronically
  • In 2010, about twice as many physicians had electronic access to patient’s prescription benefit information and medical history that allowed them to write safer low cost prescriptions
  • 91% of community pharmacies and six of the country’s largest mail-order pharmacies were able to receive electronic prescriptions by the end of 2010

Electronic prescribing will become the mainstream practice in the coming years, eliminating fax and paperwork. According to the report, Surescripts® aims to provide better healthcare practices at lower costs.