Emailed and auto-faxed prescriptions are transmitted to pharmacies as images that, like handwritten prescriptions, must then be transcribed into a pharmacy management system (PMS). This is a point at which errors, unfortunately, can be introduced due to data entry mistakes. With e-prescribing solutions like PrescribeIT™, Canada’s only national, not-for-profit service, pharmacies do not have to enter prescriptions manually into their system. Instead, prescriptions are transmitted as data directly from a prescriber’s electronic medical record (EMR) to a pharmacy’s PMS without the need for data entry, improving patient safety.
And this isn’t the only benefit. e-Prescribing also reduces the potential for fraud and misuse of prescriptions by eliminating the ability for prescriptions to be revised or copied.
Finally, faxed prescriptions, like paper prescriptions, can also easily go astray if an incorrect fax number is entered, or if the receiving fax is out of paper or offline.
Evolution of prescribing
e-Prescribing is the secure electronic creation and transmission of a prescription between an authorized prescriber and a patient's pharmacy of choice, using clinical Point of Service (POS) solution, in a manner which integrates clinical workflow and software.
e-Prescribing Enhnaced Capabilities
What are your thoughts about the benefits of e-prescribing vs. auto-faxed and emailed prescriptions?
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