Writing a Prescription vs. e-Prescribing: Patient Safety

52946 2On August 28, 2015, Vermont became the 50th and final state to approve electronic prescribing and the dispensing of Controlled Substances (E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances Now Legal Nationwide). As the fight against prescription drug abuse continues to heat up, the next logical step is for Prescribers to adopt and utilize e-Prescribing, such as RxNT|eRx. Effective March 27th, 2016, New York will become the first state to make e-Prescribing mandatory, requiring all Prescribers to send their prescriptions to pharmacies electronically. While New York prescribers are frantically searching for e-Prescribing solutions to implement, many prescribers nationwide have been electronically prescribing for years to comply with the e-Prescribing component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

With an increasing concern about patient safety and prevention of errors, e-Prescribing has emerged as a pivotal solution. However, Prescribers new to the technology have to consider if they know how to effectively e-Prescribe. The Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA)’s recent article entitled Free-Text Notes as a Marker of Needed Improvements in Electronic Prescribing indicates that education and training of an e-Prescribing application is not only necessary, but a substantial contributor to achieving successful outcomes. Gina Cohenour, RxNT Executive Vice President of Technical Support, has also been a Registered Pharmacist for over 20 years. Gina added,Proper use of an eRx (electronic prescription) prevents guesswork and verification calls from a pharmacy to a provider providing more time for patient care. The advancement I’ve seen in my 20 years as a practicing pharmacist is exciting. Improving quality of healthcare in the United States is [RxNT’s] primary goal.”

RxNT is a pioneer in the e-Prescribing Industry for over 16 years and continues to provide a best in practice e-Prescribing solution. RxNT has committed considerable resources to providing our clients with a solution they will find valuable in achieving healthcare management goals. At RxNT, we believe that training and support are critical to the success of our clients. We have adopted a model that consists of unlimited training and support for no additional cost.

If you are just beginning to use a healthcare software solution or you are thinking of switching from your existing solution to another, we can help you. Whether you are still utilizing paper or if you have already started with an electronic system, our solutions –  RxNT|eRx, RxNT|EHR, RxNT|PM – which can all be used as one integrated solution, or stand alone – may be just right for you because they offer robust functionality at a reasonable cost, none of which is hidden! Find out more by contacting sales@rxnt.com or call 800-943-7968 option 3 to speak directly with an RxNT Team Member.

 

Heather DeCarlo – Senior Business Implementation Manager

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