What is electronic prescribing (e-prescribing)?
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is the use of computers to write and sign prescriptions for medications and transmit them electronically to the pharmacy. E-prescribing helps reduce medication errors. Because the doctor's prescription is written electronically, pharmacists don't have to decode hard-to-read handwriting. The e-prescribing computer software also can automatically check for potentially dangerous drug interactions and allergies.
What are we doing to improve?
University of Missouri Health Care is working with the physicians in our outpatient clinics to ensure all of them are trained to use e-prescribing.
How are we doing?
In November 2010, University of Missouri Health Care introduced e-prescribing in all of our hospitals and clinics. By the end of 2011, we plan to train all of our physicians to use e-prescribing.
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