Benefits of Implementing E-Prescribing in Telehealth

Prescribers, payers, pharmacies, and patients all stand to benefit from e-prescribing.

FREMONT, CA: Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is one component of a more significant trend toward greater use of health information technologies (HITs). E-prescribing is viewed as a tool for improving patient-centered care alongside other HITs such as electronic health records, telemedicine, and health information exchanges. Prescribers, payers, pharmacies, and patients all stand to benefit from e-prescribing. The advantages of e-prescription are classified as follows: patient safety, improved prescribing, efficiency/workflow, and cost savings. E-Prescribing is quickly expanding in the telehealth area, not just because of the technology but also because of the significant benefits to patient safety and physician workflow. There are various advantages to e-prescribing for telehealth providers:

Prevents prescription drug errors - e-Prescribing reduces handwritten errors/illegibility and provides access to a patient's prescription history to both the physician and pharmacist, reducing the possibility of the wrong medicine getting delivered.

Speeds up the medication reconciliation process - Clinicians will no longer have to manually reconcile medication lists or commit clinical information to memory, such as drug-drug interactions, because they can view a patient's medication history in real-time.

Instant notification of allergies, drug interactions, duplicate therapies, and other clinical alerts

e-Prescribing provides clinicians with complete insight into all of a patient's recorded allergies and previously prescribed pharmaceuticals and clinical alarms if a new prescription drug has the potential for adverse effects.

Monitor controlled substances abuse.

It permits physicians to prescribe and monitor controlled medications online in a single workflow Physicians can track how many restricted substance prescriptions a patient has received using e-prescribing, lowering the probability of over-prescribing or doctor shopping.

Reduces the risk of readmissions - Clinical alerts and duplicate therapy notifications are built-in safety safeguards that limit the likelihood of hazardous medication responses. Adverse medication responses are responsible for around 20percent of all hospital readmissions.

Improves medication adherence- The most common type of non-adherence is chronic pharmaceutical underuse, in which patients usage a lesser amount than advised or discontinue therapy prematurely.

It makes it easier to verify insurance.

E-Prescribing technologies facilitate the selection of formulary prescriptions covered by the patient's drug benefit. Prescriptions for drugs that the patient can afford the likelihood of filling and taking them.