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Cost remains a barrier to e-prescribing, despite benefits

While e-prescribing has the potential to increase patient safety and medication adherence while save money, implementation costs remain one of the biggest barriers to adoption in ambulatory...

CMS wants improper eRx payments back

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to recover improper payments made through its Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive (eRx) Program, according to a recent notice published in the  Federal Register.

Prescription drug tracking database cuts doc shopping by 75%

A database that tracks the disbursement of prescription drugs in New York has helped the state to slash incidences of doctor shopping by 75 percent, according to state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Is electronic medication management in ambulatory care safe?

There's been little study of the safety implications of electronic medication management in ambulatory care, according to research published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. In a...

ACP calls for national prescription drug-monitoring program

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for a national prescription drug-monitoring program as one of 10 recommendations to help curb the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. The...

E-prescribing a 'gateway' to improving patient care

The use of electronic prescribing among both prescribers and pharmacies is accelerating as "positive emerging trends", according to a study conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and published recently in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

State efforts on e-Prescribing, prescription monitoring vary

Pharmacists in Oregon are pressing the state legislature to support a bill to allow e-prescribing of Schedule II drugs, according to the Salem Statesman Journal. On Monday, Gary A. Schnabel,...

'Technovigilance' improves hospital's record for delivering meds on time

A system monitoring when hospital staff missed or was late in administering medication brought significant improvement on that metric, according to a study published by  Milbank Quarterly.

HIEs maintain a more accurate medication list than ED records

Health information exchanges offer the potential to offer doctors in the emergency department a more accurate list of medications that a patient is taking than the drug list recorded by the triage...

AHRQ: Health IT can improve patient outcomes

Health IT systems such as clinical decision support, clinical workflow support and care coordination can improve healthcare outcomes, a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...