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A Prescription for e-Prescribers: Getting the Most Out of Electronic Prescribing

Identify Patient

Providers or staff gather patient information, review stored data using sources within the EHR and select the correct patient.

  • Question: Does your system auto populate patient demographic, prescription drug benefit (insurance) information, prescriber, pharmacy and other ancillary information, such as allergies or height/weight and the diagnosis associated with the prescription, in the outbound e-prescription message and is this routinely submitted?
  • Response: Many EHR systems capture patient benefit, demographic and other ancillary information, such as patient allergy, vitals, etc., as part of the routine patient encounter process and can auto-populate data within an outbound e-prescription. Auto-population of demographic data reduces errors with patient matching, results in time savings, and thus increases prescriber productivity and efficiency. Accurate patient identification is a critical step and an important patient safety issue. Every practice should have policies and procedures for staff to assure correct patient identification. It is also equally important to ensure that the system always auto-populates the most current information in the outbound message. As a best practice, patient information should always be verified. Contact members of your clinical and IT staff or EHR vendor to discuss how they can facilitate this automation. electronic case history form