February 1, 2005
More than 400 of 125,000 electronic prescriptions written during a year-long pilot study generated serious drug interaction or allergy warnings that prescribers acted upon, according to study sponsors.
About 100 physicians in the Washington, D.C. region participated in the study using free electronic prescribing software from DrFirst Inc., Rockville, Md. Other study sponsors were Medstar Health, a Columbia, Md.-based delivery system; Safeway Inc., a Tempe, Ariz.-based chain of grocery stores/pharmacies; and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), a Washington-based coalition of health insurers.
Other study results included:
- An estimated $100,000 in savings from reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits because of drug interaction and allergy warnings.
- Average savings to health plans of $29 per fill for prescriptions changed to comply with the formulary.
- Reduced telephone calls between prescribers and pharmacists.
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