Endocrinologists and primary-care physicians use e-prescribing for 76% of their Medicare patients and 79% of their non-Medicare patients, according to a study conducted by research firm Decision Resources.
About 60% of these doctors say that within their e-prescribing program, they have access to their patients' full lists of medicines, or formularies. As a result, they suggest that they pay closer attention to patient prescription costs. About 80% of these endocrinologists and primary-care physicians say that, if given information about their patients' formularies and copays, they would prescribe less expensive/better-reimbursed options.
“The vast majority of physicians say their electronic health-records systems only have patient information from their own physician group, meaning they have incomplete information on their patients—this lack of shared information represents a shortcoming of current EHR adoption and prevents improved management,” Roy Moore, Decision Resources product manager, said in a release.