Authorize and Sign
Provider enters directions for use and provides all required information to be transmitted to the pharmacy
- Question 1 of 5: Does your system have a sig building tool to create patient directions?
- Response: A sig building tool that supports the recording and exchange of a structured and codified format is preferred over free-text entry of patient directions for use. Some EHR vendors have developed and implemented sig building tools to create patient directions for use in a structured format. Structured and codified patient directions can improve your work efficiency, enable better clinical decision support, and increase accuracy of transmitted prescriptions. There will be times when the sig building tool may not be able to accommodate complex patient directions; in such cases e-prescribing systems should allow prescribers to enter free-text sig instructions that can be used along with the sig building tool or stand alone as free-text. You can find additional best practices in the current NCPDP SCRIPT Implementation Recommendations or Surescripts Quality Best Practices Guidelines. Contact members of your clinical and IT staff or EHR vendor to further develop and optimize sig building functionality.
*Your EHR may not look like this. There are different ways developers have met the requirements. This is one construct.