Ownership of an electronic prescribing system significantly increased among physician practices between 2007 and 2010, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, Cardiovascular Business reports.
For the study, researchers examined data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey between 2007 and 2010. Respondents were asked about their e-prescribing tools and how they used such systems.
Overall, the percentage of physicians who owned e-prescribing tools increased from 29.9% in 2007 to 56.4% in 2010.
According to the report, the top specialties for owning e-prescribing tools in 2010 were:
- General and family medicine, at 68.4%;
- Urology, at 65.5%; and
- Cardiology, at 64.9%.
In addition, the study found the percentage of physicians who sent prescriptions electronically rose from 62.2% in 2007 to 85.1% in 2010.
In the report, Erik Kokkonen of Wake Forest School of Medicine and colleagues wrote that while the adoption rates are positive, there is room for improvement.
They wrote, “Decisions on whether to adopt e-prescribing systems may be made by administrators of large health systems, and some physicians may not want to adopt e-prescribing immediately.” They added, “In addition, e-prescribing capabilities may be included as part of electronic [health] record systems, so a physician may have access to but not use the e-prescribing feature” (Stuart, Cardiovascular Business, 12/20).
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