A new coalition for speeding adoption of electronic prescribing will work to get the industry to embrace practice models that reward physicians for maximum use of e-prescribing and don't favor one vendor's technology over another's.
The coalition, CafeRx, was announced at the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs' educational forum in San Francisco.
The importance of e-prescribing in reducing costs and medical errors was highlighted in the recently unveiled government plan to expedite adoption of electronic medical records. Membership in the coalition is open to all information technology companies that agree to support the group's guiding principles.
Nine founding "advisers" include the council, two vendors of e-prescribing products, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions and SureScripts; IT giants Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard Co.; electronic prescription exchange companies NDCHealth and RxHub; and consulting firm Capgemini.
Read about the coalition and its guiding principles at caferx.org.