Sizable gaps exist between the potential benefits of electronic-prescribing tools and physicians' actual use of commercial e-prescribing products, and this is at least partly a result of products lacking advanced features, physicians not using the products because of external implementation hurdles or a perception that these features didn't have value, according to a report posted today on the Health Affairs Web site.
"There's sort of a disconnect between efforts to get everyone onboard and what an individual physician is experiencing," said Joy Grossman, the study's lead author and a senior health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change, the Washington-based nonpartisan research organization that conducted the study.
The study concluded that most physicians who had switched to e-prescribing would not go back to paper. "We talked to very different folks, but we got very strikingly similar results," Grossman said.
In exploring how physicians use e-prescribing and what created barriers and made the process easier, one constant that researchers found was that roll outs were difficult and required substantial human and financial resources. As a result, Grossman said they found no examples of "relatively simple 'plug-and-play' applications." -- by Andis Robeznieks