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Prescription for Change: New Survey Shows ePrescribing Connecting with its Biggest Skeptics ... Physicians
Date:2/27/2008

- As Medicare Legislation on Technology Gains Momentum, Physicians Trumpet the Value of ePrescribing in Significantly Improving Patient Safety and

Quality of Care

DETROIT, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Efforts to expand the use of ePrescribing technology received an important boost from new research released today showing ePrescribing receives high marks from constituents whose opinion about the technology may count the most -- physicians.

A major obstacle to widespread adoption of ePrescribing has been perception of physician resistance. But a new survey of 500 physician practices that have participated in a three-year pilot program demonstrates that a large majority of doctors and their staff who use the technology believe that it allows them to practice safer and better medicine.

According to the survey conducted by HaldyMcIntosh & Associates for the Southeastern Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI), three out of four prescribers believe strongly that ePrescribing improves safety for their patients, and nearly 70 percent say it improves the quality of care. One of the important benefits of ePrescribing cited by physicians is the safety alerts that warn of potentially harmful drug-drug interactions and drug- allergy risks at the time of prescribing. Nearly 65 percent of physician ePrescribers reported at least one incident of changing a prescription in response to a safety alert received through the system -- a strong statistic demonstrating that ePrescribing can help prevent against dangerous and costly adverse drug events.

SEMI is a broad coalition that includes General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler LLC, the United Auto Workers (UAW), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Medical Group, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., CVS Caremark Corporation, RxHub, LLC and SureScripts(R). The survey polled physician practices participating in the SEMI program to gain insight into
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