Broadband is helping to revolutionize American health care, supporting efforts that control costs, reduce errors and better coordinate care. A key component of the health IT evolution is electronic prescriptions, which are growing dramatically and may soon rival the traditional prescription pad.
The latest study on the topic, released by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), charts the impressive rise of e-prescriptions. Here are a few key takeaways from the report:
- Nearly half of the nation’s physicians submit e-prescriptions via the Surescripts network – jumping from 7% in 2008 to 48% in 2012.
- This year alone, the volume of new and renewal e-prescriptions has increased ten-fold.
- The proportion of physicians who use e-prescriptions rose by double digits in every state in the nation from December 2008 to June 2012.
- Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are among those states showing the strong growth in e-prescription use, achieving increases ranging from 28% to 70%.
Of course, an important part of the increase e-prescriptions is having pharmacies that can accept them, so it's encouraging that the ONC study reports the majority of community pharmacies nationwide are now accepting e-prescriptions.
Electronic prescriptions offer convenience, accuracy and cost-savings -- yet another broadband-enabled health trend that will benefit us all.