What is Electronic Prescribing?

What is Electronic Prescribing?

Technology that transforms how prescriptions are written

Prescribe faster and more efficiently

Electronic prescribing (eRx) software lets healthcare providers nationwide create a prescription in an Electronic Health Records (EHR) or stand-alone system via a laptop or mobile device. Medication name, dosage, frequency, and other information such as insurance coverage, are available with just a few clicks. The prescription is then transmitted within seconds to either a retail or mail order pharmacy to be filled.

Most eRx software is cloud-based and connects seamlessly to a Pharmacy Network Database, such as Surescripts. In some cases, eRx software is available via mobile app for 24/7 prescribing, from anywhere.

The cure for illegible handwriting

Electronic prescribing software was originally developed as a safer way to administer prescriptions. Before e-prescribing, pharmacists’ inability to understand handwritten prescriptions often resulted in errors that led to adverse drug effects. 

In 1999, founder Randy Boldyga launched one of the first eRx solutions in the country after hearing the news of an avoidable tragedy—an illegible prescription leading to an infant’s death. The pharmacy misinterpreted the doctor’s writing, which resulted in an overdose. Randy and a small team saw it as their mission to look for a better way to prescribe. 

Over 20 years later, thousands of providers have trusted our eRx solution to write more than 52 million prescriptions. Even today, it’s the gold standard in the industry.

How eRx protects patients

Patient safety alerts are one of the biggest advantages of eRx systems versus paper prescriptions. These alerts warn about drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interactions. E-prescribing also offers real-time information about a patient’s prescription history. 

RXNT’s eRx software contains features for more informed care, such as built-in automated alerts, to showcase the safest, most effective, and affordable drug options.

What is EPCS?

As part of the effort to reduce opioid abuse, many states have already mandated Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). Many more have EPCS laws taking effect soon. And, effective in 2021, the federal government will require EPCS for medications covered by Medicare Plan D. This means that pharmacies cannot accept written (including faxed) prescriptions for controlled substances after mandate deadlines.

RXNT’s eRx is DEA-certified to comply with all state and federal government EPCS regulations. Learn more about them from the ultimate guide to EPCS mandates.

What is electronic prior authorization?

Prior authorization is required by most insurance companies as a safety and cost-saving measure for specific medications. Before certain prescriptions can be filled, physicians and other health care providers must get advance approval from a health plan. 

Prior authorization is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. However, electronic prior authorizations (ePA) reduce the effort and time it takes to get approval. In fact, 43% of ePAs receive an immediate determination, versus the three-day average reported by 30% of physicians without ePA. 

ePAs are included in RXNT’s eRx system at no additional charge. You’ll be able to quickly and efficiently satisfy insurance requirements and get patients the treatment they need.

RXNT's Electronic Prescribing features

RXNT’s affordable eRx offers a better way to create accurate prescriptions and transmit them immediately to any U.S. pharmacy.

Mobile App

Free mobile app (iOS and Android) lets you prescribe 24/7 from anywhere.

Unlimited Users

No license fee for non-prescribing staff.

Certified Solution

Surescripts and DEA-certified for peace of mind.

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Allows you to easily comply with EPCS for class II-V medications.

Patient-specific Formularies

Determine the most clinically appropriate and cost-effective medications.

Electronic Prior Authorizations (ePA)

Eliminates time-consuming paper forms, faxes, and phone calls.

Real-time Medication History

Determine compliance, improve adherence, and reduce adverse drug interactions.

Drug and Allergy Interaction Checks

Improve safety and quality with drug-drug, drug-allergy and drug-diagnosis interaction checks.

Comprehensive Reporting

Manage your business with customizable and actionable reports.

See eRx in action

Get up-to-speed on eRx capabilities with a no obligation demo.

Used in healthcare organizations of all sizes, from small family clinics to large, multi-specialty practices—we offer flexible pricing options to make our tools accessible to almost any practice. Every product is backed by 24/7 cloud-based access, premium in-house support, and regular system upgrades.

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