A new report said widespread use of clinical information technology by physicians remains a long way off. Surveys have found that 5% to 18% of physicians use some form of electronic prescribing system, depending on how the tool is defined, according to the report by eHealth Initiative, Washington. "While this represents a significant increase over the past three to five years, it certainly does not qualify electronic prescribing as a standard practice," the report said. A key barrier to adoption is that physicians often bear the cost of buying, installing and operating outpatient prescribing systems, while the benefits accrue to pharmacies, health plans and patients, the report said. It recommended that incentive programs be used to compensate physicians for such costs. Obtain an executive summary or the full report. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
E-prescribing a long way from standard practice
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