Health care providers sent a whopping 77.33 million prescriptions to pharmacies in 2017 -up from 12.8 prescriptions in 2015.
Patients who get prescriptions the old-fashioned way have to drive to the nearest localpharmacy, hand the paper prescription over to the pharmacist and wait for the clerk to fill theprescription.
Before your patient leaves your private practice, one of your health care employees cantransmit the doctor’s prescription to your designated pharmacy.
Unless you proactively check in on the patient, your health care practice can’t trackprescription fulfillment effectively when a patient leaves with a handwritten RX. Withelectronic prescribing, you could track and determine if your patients are going to thepharmacy to fill their prescriptions.
Patients can easily misplace prescriptions written on a small piece of paper.
The good news is that some electronic prescribing programs allow health care providers toselect generic medications likely covered by the patient’s insurance.
These nine powerful benefits of electronic prescribing should convince you to ditch paper-based prescriptions and transition right away to issuing medications digitally.