The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a report finding that nearly half of U.S. physicians are sending electronic prescriptions using an electronic health record system on the Surescripts network, Government Health IT reports.
Surescripts is an electronic prescribing network used by 95% of U.S. pharmacies, excluding closed health care systems such as Kaiser Permanente.
The report found that in June, 48% of U.S. physicians sent electronic prescriptions via the Surescripts network, a dramatic increase from the 7% of physicians who did so in December 2008 (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 11/28).
About 45% of all new and renewed prescriptions were sent electronically via the Surescripts network in 2012, the report found. It added that the total volume of new and renewed prescriptions sent via the Surescripts network has increased about ten-fold since 2008 (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 11/28).
The report also found that the percentage of community pharmacies equipped to receive e-prescriptions has increased from 76% in 2008 to 94% in 2012 (Perna, Healthcare Informatics, 11/28).
In 19 states, the percentage of physicians who are e-prescribing via the Surescripts network has increased by at least 50% since 2008, the report found (Goedert, Health Data Management, 11/28).
According to the report, 23 states had more than half of their physicians e-prescribing through the Surescripts network in 2012 (EHR Intelligence, 11/28).
The states with the highest percentage of physicians who were e-prescribing via the Surescripts network in 2012 are:
- Massachusetts, at 77%;
- New Hampshire, at 74%; and
- Iowa, at 73% (Government Health IT, 11/28).