What is electronic prescribing?

The Basics

With electronic prescribing, or “e-Prescribing,” health care providers can enter prescription information into a computer device – like a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer – and securely transmit the prescription to pharmacies using a special software program and connectivity to a transmission network. When a pharmacy receives a request, it can begin filling the medication right away.

The Benefits of e-Prescribing

e-Prescribing can:

• Help improve health care quality and patient safety by reducing medication errors and checking for drug interactions

• Make care more convenient by allowing providers to electronically request prescription refills

In short, e-Prescribing is more convenient, cheaper, and safer for doctors, pharmacies, and patients.

Content last reviewed on September 22, 2017
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