Introduction: Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is an important part of the nation’s push to create an electronically accessible national health system. E-prescribing allows providers to send prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy and can be stand-alone systems or part of an integrated electronic health record system.
Methodology: The methodology for this study was a literature review. Electronic databases accessed include EBSCOhost, PubMED, and Google Scholar. Additionally, government websites and a semi-structured interview were used. A total of 39 sources were referenced for the review.
Results: The results of the literature review demonstrated that e-prescribing reduces prescribing errors, increases efficiency, and helps save on healthcare costs. However, there are still significant barriers to implementation.
Discussion: The benefits that come with using e-prescribing are numerous. While there are still barriers that prevent many prescribers from implementing e-prescribing systems, incentives and improved patient safety will help increase its utilization.
Conclusion: E-prescribing has the potential to increase patient safety and efficiency of care. This supports our hypothesis that e-prescribing has led to improved patient care through meaningful use. More than just a convenient way to send prescriptions, e-prescribing allows prescribers to prescribe safely and cost effectively, and is likely to continue to grow in the future.
Engelbert, K., Porterfield, A., Willis, W., & Coustasse, A. (2014, March). Electronic prescribing and its implementation in the United States. In proceedings of the Business and Health Administration Association Annual Conference 2014, Chicago, IL.