In a recent article on FierceIT, Ken Terry writes;
Surescripts, a company that connects physician offices to pharmacies online, has released electronic prescribing data for 2010 that show a rapid expansion of this key health IT capability. The number of office-based providers who prescribed electronically jumped 50 percent from 156,000 at the end of 2009 to 234,000 at the end of last year. During that same period, the number of electronically routed prescriptions leaped 72 percent, from 191 million to 326 million.
That’s impressive growth, and it shows that the government incentive programs for e-prescribing and electronic health records are having an impact. But before we assume that e-prescribing has taken over the world, let’s remember that 3.99 billion medications were dispensed in the U.S. last year. (read more)