As the number of independent prescribers increases, remote prescribing has become even more popular. The benefits of remote prescribing are un-doubtable but it’s important to remember that this type of prescribing comes with complexities. Minimize risks and simplify the complex nature of remote prescribing by following these procedures and best practices.
Why Prescribe Remotely?
Though electronic prescribing is not new to the healthcare industry, it has evolved tremendously over the past few years. Patient convenience and improved user experience, achieved through remote prescribing, has resulted in the success of many practices. Not only has remote prescribing reduced errors when compared to handwritten prescriptions, but it has also reduced the communication time between pharmacists, patients, and doctors, therefore increasing the speed of prescription filling. Additionally, electronic records have made it easier for physicians to improve the treatment process and avoid workflow inefficiencies.
A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), revealed that on average a prescriber saves $482 on his/her drug cost per month with remote prescribing. Alongside patients and pharmacists, stakeholders such as insurance companies and providers benefit from remote prescribing as well. Providers have reported that the time required for verification and data access is significantly reduced through Meaningful Use of electronic prescription, as opposed to handwritten prescriptions.
Remote Prescribing – Best Practices
There are some key considerations that you as a physician should keep in mind while electronically prescribing medication to your patients.
- Clearly define and identify your patient’s condition.
This can be challenging. For more guidance, check out our post on telehealth regarding the remote identification and treatment of patients.
- Choose suitable drug therapy.
If a certain drug is in high-demand, prescribe a generic or alternative so that the supply-demand balance can be maintained.
- Involve the Patient.
Your patients should know about the effectiveness and risk of the drug prescribed.
- Consider the medication cost
According to a comparative study by the National Center for Biotechnology, most physicians do not consider drug-cost as an important factor when prescribing. Using online software can give both you and the patient information about medication cost and coverage along with cheaper alternatives.
- Abide by all the national regulations
Keep in mind that state laws may vary so be aware of the rules and regulations that govern remote prescribing in your area. You also need to know that certain medicines cannot be prescribed remotely. Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) has proposed some rules regarding the prescription of such controlled substances.
- Use software to minimize prescribing errors
Prescribe drugs electronically by checking a drug against harmful contraindications and send prescriptions directly to a pharmacy with SureScript – certified electronic prescribing module.
Finding the right software when it comes to electronic prescribing is essential. Make sure that the platform you choose is certified, compliant with all national and local regulations, and has an easy-to-use interactive user face.
Utilize advanced remote prescribing software to improve workflow, reduce costs and errors to ultimately provide even better patient care.