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What is ePrescribing and Why is Adoption Growing Fast?

| December 16, 2020 | By
Adult female doctor eprescribing from her mobile phone

What originally started as a result of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, ePrescribing has grown into being a common method for providers to fulfill patient prescriptions. Today ePrescribing is going through another period of massive growth and adoption by individual practices.

With ePrescribing, providers enter prescription information into a computer or mobile device and the order is securely transmitted to pharmacies using a special ePrescribing software program.

The adoption of ePrescribing has taken off in the last three years. In particular, the 2019 Surescripts National Progress Report found that ePrescribing rates climbed from 1.49 billion in 2017 to 1.79 billion in 2019 – bringing the total rate of ePrescribing up to 80 percent of all drug prescriptions.

One of the most significant benefits of ePrescribing is increased patient safety due to fewer errors in medicine delivery, which is especially important for controlled substance prescriptions. As highlighted in the article,13 U.S. states enacted ePrescribing requirements for controlled substance prescription refill rules in 2019.

Another factor driving the overall adoption of ePrescribing is Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substance (EPCS) technology. ECPS technology helps caregivers integrate opioid prescription information into EHRs, and can also streamline and enable clinician workflow and reduce patient burden.

Signed into federal law in 2018, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act includes an electronic prescribing requirement for the use of ECPS technology for all controlled substance prescriptions under Medicare part D drugs.

For many providers, meeting this requirement may be challenging. Though with the right ePrescribing partner, it is possible to easily be up-and-running with a solution that both meets the requirements and streamlines the entire prescribing process.

Designed by clinicians for clinicians, the new Juno RxTracker offers streamlined ePrescribing for faster, intuitive, clinician-built workflows for mobile from DSS, Inc., a healthcare technology leader. With a broad range of functionality, Juno RxTracker empowers physicians to rapidly prescribe with ease, according to their unique workflows.

Juno RxTracker is an EPCS-certified solution that achieves national patient safety goals through an automated electronic prescription process for all medications, including controlled substances.

In addition, many competitive offerings are challenging and time consuming to set-up. Juno RxTracker offers a concierge-like implementation through one point of contact at DSS, so that set up is completed in minutes with no long-term contracts.