4 Benefits That Can Drive E-Prescribing in the Acute Care Setting

4 Benefits That Can Drive e-Prescribing In The Acute Care Setting

As many as 400,000 Americans die premature deaths each year due to “preventable harm” related to medical care, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety (Vol. 9, Issue 3).

Adverse drug events are among the most common types of pre-discharge errors, including mistakes related to administering the wrong drug, wrong dose or incorrect combination of medications.

Electronic prescribing can help reduce preventable deaths and injuries related to medication errors. And now that electronic prescribing of controlled substances is legal in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia, virtually all drugs can be e-prescribed in one seamless workflow.

Here are four key benefits that can help drive adoption of e-prescribing in acute care settings:

  • Improved accuracy of medication reconciliation: Electronic prescribing enables physicians to pull complete medication history reports in seconds by accessing 12 months of pharmacy benefit management data, pharmacy fill data and hosted payer records. This allows clinicians to build a more accurate, complete list of patient medications without relying on patient memory or back-and-forth calls with multiple pharmacies.
  • Reduced risk of re-admission: Real-time formulary information embedded into solutions such as DrFirst’s Rcopia e-prescribing tool enables physicians to discuss drug costs and seek alternative solutions before the patient is discharged. This can improve medication adherence, which in turn can help prevent readmission.
  • Prevent misuse of controlled substances: Instant access to the patient’s medication history will enable prescribers to detect possible substance abuse issues among patients.
  • Increased efficiency: Electronic orders are clear, easy to read and complete, meaning that physicians and nurses won’t have to spend additional time fielding pharmacy calls seeking clarification of confusing orders.