Report Finds E-Prescribing Among Physicians Increased 41%

E-prescribing among physicians increased approximately 41 percent across the United States between December 2008 and June 2012, according to a data brief from ONC.

In December 2008, 7 percent of physicians in the United States were e-prescribing using an electronic health record. By June 2012, 48 percent of physicians were e-prescribing using an EHR.

According to the report, the increase is due in part to ONC's efforts to promote pharmacy participation in e-prescribing and the increasing number of providers who are meeting meaningful use objectives, which require providers to electronically prescribe in order to receive incentive payments from CMS.

Key points from the data brief include:

• States that had the highest growth in percent of physicians e-prescribing between December 2008 and June 2012 include New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
• From December 2008 through June 2012, 19 states increased the percent of physicians e-prescribing through an EHR by 50 percent or more.
• As of June 2012, at least 88 percent of community pharmacies in every state were enabled to accept e-prescriptions, compared to at least 76 percent in December 2008.

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