In response to reader comments regarding Joseph Conn's "CMS' proposed rule to eliminate e-prescribed faxes":
I agree and disagree. Issues are not simple.
Currently, only 9% of small physician practices and 27% of large physician practices are computerized. This number is expected to rise by 15.8% annually through 2015. By that year, diffusion rates may reach 65%. This means the day is coming when a critical mass of physicians will already be keying in prescriptions into their own systems. It is only a computer programming step to send the message electronically into the pharmacist's systemwith proper security and encryption of course. The standards and interfaces have to be adopted, but those standards are being established now.
Matthew Chase, M.D., in his response, is correct in that the vast majority of physicians now who do not have a computer system have to use an intermediary, such as a stand-alone computerized physician order-entry, or CPOE, system or a Web-based equivalent, and that is an extra step. Part of computerization is to consider the workflow involved, and reduce the step. A well-thought-out plan incorporates this into an entire solution.
Kevin Rosteing, M.D.StudentMedical College of MilwaukeeMilwaukee School of Engineering To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.