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Health IT Basics

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 you improve health care quality and patient safety by reducing medication errors and checking for drug interactions
  • Make care more convenient by allowing you to electronically request prescription refills

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

Achieving Meaningful Use

e-Prescribing is one of the core meaningful use objectives. Learn more about achieving meaningful use.

For More Information

For more information on e-Prescribing and how you can use e-Prescribing to improve health care quality, see the following resources.