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What Is E-Prescribing, and Why Is Adoption Growing So Fast?

| July 24, 2023 | By
adult female doctor e-prescribing from her mobile phone

E-prescribing has its origins in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, and in the decades since then, it has become an increasingly common method for providers to fulfill patient prescriptions. Today, e-prescribing is going through a period of massive growth and adoption by individual practices.

Understanding E-Prescribing and Its Significance

With e-prescribing, healthcare providers use a computer or a mobile device to input prescription details. These orders are then securely transmitted to pharmacies via e-prescription software, eliminating the need for paper-based, handwritten prescriptions.

The e-prescribing revolution is reshaping the healthcare landscape, ushering in a new era of practical, efficient, and safer medical practices. E-prescribing has gained significant momentum, driven by individual medical practices seeking to optimize patient care.

According to the 2022 Surescripts National Progress Report, 1.23 million prescribers now use e-prescribing, and e-prescribing rates have experienced a remarkable increase in recent years. The number of e-prescriptions surged 10.4 percent year over year, going from just over 1.5 billion in 2018 to 2.34 billion in 2022.

E-Prescribing: Ensuring Safety and Reducing Errors

One of the notable advantages of e-prescribing systems is their role in enhancing patient safety. They achieve this by significantly reducing errors in medicine delivery, a crucial aspect when dealing with prescriptions for controlled substances.

A factor driving the overall adoption of e-prescribing is electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) technology. ECPS technology helps caregivers integrate opioid prescription information into electronic health records (EHRs). It can also streamline and enable clinician workflow and reduce patient burden. With some states implementing e-prescribing requirements specifically for refills of controlled substances, the importance of secure and accurate prescription management has been underscored.

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.

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

Embrace the Future of Prescription Management with Juno RxTracker

Designed BY clinicians FOR clinicians, Juno RxTracker offers streamlined e-prescribing for faster, intuitive, clinician-built workflows from Juno Health, a healthcare technology leader. With a broad range of functionality, Juno RxTracker empowers physicians to rapidly prescribe with ease and 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.

Many prescription management solutions require a lot of time and effort to set up. Juno RxTracker offers a concierge-like implementation through a single point of contact, so setup takes minutes.

Embrace the future of prescription management with Juno RxTracker, and take a step toward efficient and patient-centric care. Join the community of healthcare professionals revolutionizing patient care and contact us today!

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