PCMA touts e-prescribing

July 23, 2007

PCMA has released a study that claims electronic prescribing could prevent nearly two million medication errors and save the federal government $26 billion over the next 10 years.

PCMA has released a study that claims electronic prescribing could prevent nearly two million medication errors and save the federal government $26 billion over the next 10 years. The study was conducted by Gorman Health Group and was based on a literature review. According to the study, approximately 70% of the savings advantages of e-prescribing result from doctors being given access to patient medication histories, safety alerts, preferred drug options, and pharmacy options before prescriptions are transmitted to the pharmacy. In order to encourage e-prescribing, the association has launched a series of ads calling on CMS to mandate the use of e-prescribing. PCMA encouraged CMS to spend up to $7 billion to assist doctors in getting the proper e-prescribing equipment.

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