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

" said Dr. Alvin Sockolov, a family practitioner in Sacramento with the Hill Physicians Medical Group. "I can send prescriptions to local pharmacies or mail-order pharmacies and I'm alerted to potential drug-drug interactions and allergies. I can also select the best medication for my patients based on their insurance plan."

"Electronic Prescribing improves patient safety, eliminates calls from the pharmacist to clarify a handwritten prescription and makes ordering refills easy," said Michael P. Kern, M.D., of the John Muir Physician Network. "In addition to protecting the patient, e-Prescribing can save the patient money. e-Prescribing systems also give information on which drugs are less expensive for patients during the prescription issuing process," Dr. Kern adds.

"We are excited about being approached to participate in the Anthem Blue Cross e-prescribing initiative as it fits in with our own quality program that is focused on decreasing medication errors, improving generic utilization and most importantly, it is consistent with our overall physician e-connectivity strategy," said Dr. Rod St. Clair, Chief Medical Officer of PrimeCare Medical Network, Inc./North American Medical Management of California.

"San Jose Medical Group is excited to accept the invitation by Anthem Blue Cross to participate in this e-Prescribing initiative," said Dr. Dean Didech, Chief Medical Officer of the San Jose Medical Group. "Our physicians believe that e-Prescribing offers opportunities to reduce medication errors, lower prescription costs and add convenience for our patients."

"e-Prescribing is about safety and convenience for patients - it assures that a patient's doctor is aware of any potential harmful interactions between a new prescription and the medicines the patient is already taking, and that the medication being prescribed is covered by the patient's health plan. In short, e-Prescribing is about gettin
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