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National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Supports Medicare Proposal to Adopt Additional Standards for ePrescribing
Date:11/16/2007

the nation's leading healthcare and technology companies that is dedicated to eliminating preventable medication errors by providing free electronic prescribing technology to every physician in America. NEPSI is led by Allscripts and national sponsor Dell Computers, the world's leading computer company. Other companies sponsoring NEPSI are Aetna, Cisco Systems, eRx Networks, Fujitsu Computers of America, Google -- the coalition's Search Sponsor -- Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, Microsoft, NaviMedix, Quest Diagnostics, Sprint Nextel, SureScripts, Wellpoint, and Wolters Kluwer Health.

The coalition's web-based software, eRx NOW(TM), supports the standards proposed by CMS and is used today by more than 5,000 physicians who have signed on since NEPSI's launch in January 2007. Designed to appeal to physicians in solo practice or small groups, eRx NOW is available free to any healthcare provider with legal authority to prescribe medications, and requires no download, no new hardware, and minimal training. The product can quickly generate secure electronic prescriptions and deliver them computer-to-computer or via electronic fax to more than 95 percent of all U.S. pharmacies via SureScripts. All prescriptions are instantly checked for potentially harmful interactions with a patient's other medications using a real-time complete medication database provided by Wolters Kluwer Health, as well as real-time notification of insurance formulary status from leading payers, plans and pharmacy benefit managers. Clinicians also can use eRx NOW to search and find targeted health-related information for themselves or patients using the NEPSI Custom Search Engine from Google.

In its drive to extend ePrescribing to every physician in America, NEPSI also supports the efforts of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) to promote legislation requiring that all physicians who treat Medicare patients prescribe electronically, and to provide annual incentives for partic
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