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E-Prescribing


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Electronic prescribing was included in the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, yet provider adoption rates are estimated to be as low as 5%. E-prescribing brings many benefits to the practice, namely time savings, increased safety, error prevention, efficiency, and improved patient and provider experiences. Rather than focusing on what is gained, providers hesitate to adopt e-prescribing due to its cost, lack of incentives, and fear of being slowed down. Perhaps the key to broader adoption lies in hearing the stories of successful implementations.