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

their attitudes toward and experience with ePrescribing.

Survey results show that more than 70 percent of respondents are very satisfied with ePrescribing technology. More than 80 percent of all prescriptions written by those polled are currently done electronically, and four out of 10 now only write ePrescriptions.

"As a participant in SEMI, I experienced firsthand the valuable benefits of ePrescribing, and it is encouraging to see that my fellow physicians are also recognizing this value and embracing the technology," said Steven D. Grant, MD, FACP, president/CEO, United Physicians, PC. "If more physicians take the leap and implement ePrescribing into their practices, they will see that ePrescribing can be an important partner in providing safe, high quality care for patients."

Past concerns voiced by physicians hesitant to adopt ePrescribing technology include the difficulties and time demands of learning a new technology and questions over its usefulness. Findings from the survey could help assuage those concerns:

-- For nine out of 10 surveyed, ePrescribing met or exceeded their

expectations.

-- More than 70 percent saw a reduction in communications with pharmacies

over prescription questions; for 40 percent, the reduction was

substantial. Research shows that physicians typically spend more than

three hours a day handling phone calls and extra work from prescription

issues.

-- More than half strongly agree that ePrescribing saves clinicians time

and increases productivity.

Based on the survey findings, the SEMI partners will extend the initiative and continue to enroll physicians through June 30.

"We are encouraged by these survey results which show overwhelming physician approval," said Kate Kohn-Parrott, director integrated health care and disability, Chrysler LLC. "Patient safety and cost benefits from the Southeastern Michigan ePrescribing In
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