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Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI) Drives Michigan into Top Five ePrescribing States Nationally
Date:3/7/2008

More than 2 million electronic prescriptions in Michigan generated by

physicians in SEMI program

DETROIT, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- According to new data released today, more than 90 percent of the 2.5 million electronic prescriptions written in the state of Michigan in 2007 came from doctors within the seven counties of the Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI) -- helping drive Michigan to fifth in the nation in the adoption and utilization of ePrescribing technology. The findings are part of the Electronic Prescribing Progress Report, a national assessment of the adoption of electronic prescribing in the United States, published by SureScripts, operator of the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange(TM).

SEMI is a coalition that includes General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler LLC, the United Auto Workers, 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 SEMI program has played an integral role in advancing the adoption of electronic prescribing technology in the state of Michigan," said Karl Dalal, Director of Healthcare, Insurance and HR Programs, Ford Motor Company. "Electronic prescribing clearly leads to safer pharmacy care and lower costs for physician practices, employers, and consumers; advancing the adoption of this technology will continue to play a key role in treating the ills of the antiquated paper-based healthcare system in America."

Michigan received the Safe-Rx(TM) Award for finishing 5th among the top 10 ePrescribing states in the nation. Safe-Rx Awards are given each year to the 10 states that transmit the most electronic prescriptions as a percentage of the total number of prescriptions eligible for electronic routing over the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange(TM) operated by SureScripts. Michigan has been rising in the ranks since the Safe-Rx a
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