Electronic-prescribing rolls out across ambulatory care units
If you’re a patient at the Health System and were recently seen in clinic, you may have already experienced the benefits of your provider sending prescriptions directly to your pharmacy – electronically. It’s fast, easy and you won’t have to worry about the pharmacist misreading your physician’s handwriting.
A new application called DrFirst began rolling out across ambulatory care clinics last October and will be complete in May.
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DrFirst lets health care providers, with the support of clinic staff, create and renew prescriptions and electronically transmit them to pharmacies. Why is this important to patients? E-prescribing improves patient satisfaction, increases patient safety and helps our clinics become more efficient.
Because the Health System met criteria set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of last year, it will earn more than $1.5 million in incentives. Similarly, it has already earned another $850,000 in incentives this year.
The activation of DrFirst is a large and complex effort involving nearly all ambulatory care employees and an implementation team.
“Moving to e-prescribing is the right thing to do,” says Philip Zazove, M.D., Professor and interim chair of Family Medicine. “This is a great test as the Health System moves toward implementing Mi-Chart. We’re learning and improving how we implement new clinical technology in Ambulatory Care.”
Over 150,000 e-prescriptions were written in DrFirst by the end of January, well before all areas activated the new application. Zazove says for the most part patients are very pleased.
“They understand the safety aspect and get prescriptions more quickly. We know up front if insurance will cover costs. The application tells us if drugs need prior approval, if the patient has allergies, or whether the patient takes other drugs that could result in a life-threatening interaction,” he says.
DrFirst links to Surescripts, the nation’s largest e-prescription network. In the future, you’ll be able to safely fill a prescription anywhere in the country with full access to your prescription history.