326 million e-prescriptions per year and counting…

Electronic prescription usage increases.

A story in the Seattle Times this week sheds some light on the scale of adoption of electronic prescripton writing in the outpatient world.

The figures cited from New Jersey indicate that just 20% of physicians are using electronic prescribing systems today and that between 2007 and 2009 the percentage of electronic prescriptions in that state jumped from 190 million to 326 million.

It should be noted that adoption of e-prescribing can be an arduous process, requiring a thorough review of prescribing practices, practice-appropriate device selection, thoughtful build and extensive user training to make things go smoothly and hopefully to achieve the safety benefits of an e-prescribing system.

Read the original Seattle Times story.

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