ePrescribing Software FAQs
An ePrescribing system is the use of specialized online software to electronically create, sign and transmit prescriptions to any pharmacy of the patient’s choice. Doctors can take advantage of ePrescribing software solutions to replace written prescriptions. ePrescribing software is intended to bring safety and efficiency benefits to patients and prescribers.
Learn the FAQs of the AdvancedMD Electronic Prescription Software Solution
What is ePrescribing Software?
- Physicians benefit from a dramatic decrease in callbacks from pharmacies requesting clarification of prescriptions, plus clinical decision support and integrated patient prescription formulary data.
- Patients benefit from the safety features of ePrescribing software including the reduction of medication errors due to poor handwriting or unclear faxes. Our ePrescribing software also provides automated drug and allergy safety checks solution to improve the accuracy of your prescriptions.
What is Not Considered ePrescribing Software?
- Computer-generated faxes are not valid ePrescribing methods
- Computer-generated printed prescription
- Scanned image of a paper prescription
- Email, as it is not secure or in the required format for ePrescribing software
What are the Costs of Non-adoption to ePrescribing Software?
- 150 million phone calls from pharmacies to physician offices annually for incomplete or illegible prescriptions*
- $1,944 average yearly cost to a physician for prescription-related callbacks and rework*
- $5.00 to pull a paper chart (average cost)*
- 8.8 million ambulatory prescription errors annually*
Are Medicare Physicians who use ePrescribing Software Eligible for Incentive Payments?
Answer: Yes, with a qualifying ePrescribing software technology
- 2% electronic prescription rebate in fiscal year 2010
- 1% rebate in 2011 and 2012
- 0.5% e-prescription rebate in 2013
Will Doctors Incur Medicare Penalties for Not Using ePrescribing Software?
- 1% payment cut in 2012 for not using electronic prescriptions
- 1.5% payment cut in 2013
- 2% payment cut for 2014 and beyond for not automating the prescription process
What are Some Additional Clinical Cost Savings of using ePrescribing Software?
- Formulary-directed prescribing software saved an estimated $20-$25 per prescription*
- Henry Ford Medical Group increased rate of use of generics by 7.3% ($3.1 million saving in year)
- Center for Information Technology Leadership found ePrescribing software would save $27B/year
How do Patients View Providers Who use ePrescribing Software?
- 66% feel that reducing medication errors is the primary benefit of ePrescribing software*
- 50% prefer the elimination of the need to mail, fax or drop-off prescriptions at the pharmacy*
- 25% favor the reduced time spent waiting for prescriptions*
** The integrated ePrescribing software feature in our EHR is coming soon. **
Learn the complete electronic prescription features of our interoperable ePrescribing software.