Barriers to e-prescribing remain

April 9, 2007

A study of physicians has found that many report facing significant barriers to fully implementing e-prescribing.

A study of physicians has found that many report facing significant barriers to fully implementing e-prescribing. The study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Studying Health System Change and published on-line by Health Affairs noted that e-prescribing software product limitations, external implementation challenges, and physicians' preferences about using specific product features have all contributed to the problem. In response to the study, PCMA, the lobbying group for PBMs, repeated its call for a national, uniform e-prescribing standard. "A national, uniform standard is critical to helping increase physician adoption of e-prescribing technology," said Mark Merrit, PCMA president.

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