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SXC Health Solutions teams with Allscripts to deliver critical prescription information to physicians at the point-of-care
Date:9/14/2009

ians using mobile devices or computers in their office can access patient-specific information related to medication coverage, available alternative therapies, medication history, potentially harmful drug interactions, and prescription costs. Allscripts and SXC believe exchanging prescription information in this way reduces adverse drug events and medication errors that cause thousands of needless deaths in the United States each year.

"This agreement enables us to partner with pharmacy benefit managers to increase the amount of relevant clinical information available for physicians using our e-prescribing and EHR solutions, which means they have more information to help them deliver better, safer patient care," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "SXC has carved out a unique position in the industry, and we see great opportunity in working closely together as the EHR marketplace and managed pharmacy landscape converge over the coming years."

To improve patient safety and care efficiency, the Institute of Medicine recommended in 2006 that all prescriptions be transmitted electronically by 2010. Since then, the number of U.S. prescribers routing electronic prescriptions has risen from 19,000 to 103,000 by the end of 2008, according to SureScripts. Growth in e-prescribing has accelerated further this year due in large part to the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), which provides financial incentives to physicians who adopt the technology.

According to a March 2009 study by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the percentage of U.S. prescribers using electronic prescribing will increase from fewer than 15 percent today to more than 75 percent by 2014. The report predicts that about 90 percent of physicians will e-prescribe by 2018. The report also estimates that e-prescribing could save the U.S. government nearly $22 billion over the next 10 years, preventing 3.5 million medicat
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