E-prescribing rates soar among physicians

July 17, 2014

Seventy percent of physicians now use electronic prescribing through their EHR, and in 2013, the number of prescriptions sent electronically topped 1 billion, according to the latest report from the ONC.

Seventy percent of physicians now use electronic prescribing through their electronic health record, and in 2013, the number of prescriptions sent electronically topped 1 billion, according to the latest report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

The report, which analyzed data from Surescripts, looked at the volume of
e-prescriptions from December 2008 to April 2014, after the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), an e-prescribing incentive program, was passed. The report found a ten-fold increase in providers’
e-prescribing rates during that timeframe.

Minnesota had the largest increase, with only 4% of its physicians e-prescribing in 2008 and 100% of physicians doing so in 2014. As of April, Indiana had a 95% e-prescribing rate, followed by Massachusetts at 94% and South Dakota at 90%.

The report credits the jump in e-prescribing to the MIPPA. Before it’s implementation, the rate among physicians was at 7% in December 2008. The number of pharmacies that accepted e-prescriptions also increased during that period, from 76% in 2008 to 96% in 2014.

The global e-prescribing market is growing at a rapid pace. It’s projected to balloon from $250.2 million to $887.8 million by 2019, according to a report released in June by Transparency Market Research.