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California Doctors to Get Wired in State's Largest e-Prescribing Initiative
Date:6/17/2009

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e-Prescribing in California

According to the 2008 Electronic Prescribing Progress Report, California ranked 22nd in the nation for use of e-Prescribing, down from 18 in 2006 and 14 in 2005; only 1.44 percent of prescriptions within the state were transmitted electronically in 2007(1). The need exists for continued coordination between all parties involved in the electronic prescription process to address barriers to electronic prescribing. That fact was underscored by a survey sent to more than 50 medical groups targeted to participate in this e-Prescribing initiative. Results of the survey showed that 22 percent have e-Prescribing solutions, but adoption rates are still low. Furthermore, almost 30 percent of practices surveyed do not have e-Prescribing now and have no plan to implement e-Prescribing in 2009.

e-Prescribing has been widely recognized as a secure transaction that can improve patient safety, increase practice efficiency for physicians and pharmacies, and reduce health care costs. A study by the E-Health Initiative projected that nationwide adoption of e-prescribing would save $27 billion a year, primarily as a result of decreased spending on prescription drugs.

The CalPERS e-Prescribing pilot program will continue through December 2009. Results will be reported in 2010 at which time the program will be evaluated. The e-Prescribing software used by all participating physician groups meets Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for privacy and security.

Statements from physicians participating in this pilot

The following are statements of support from the physician groups participating in this pilot.

"In the beginning, it took time to get used to, but after about a month, my staff became comfortable with the system, and now the benefits of e-Prescribing are apparent,
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