Study Highlights Barriers to Physicians' Use of E-Prescription Tools

A study has identified challenges facing physicians using e-prescribing systems, citing cumbersome tools and non-useful data as barriers to use, according to the study from Center for Studying Health System Change.

The study examined 24 physician practices, identifying the following barriers to e-prescribing:
• Tools to view and import data into patient records were cumbersome to use in some systems
• Data was not always perceived as useful enough to warrant the additional time to access and review, particularly during time-pressed patient visits

Overall, physicians who strongly perceived the need for third-party data, those in practices with greater access to complete and accurate data and those with easier-to-use e-prescribing systems were more likely to use these features consistently.

Read the Center for Studying Health System Change study on physicians and e-prescribing.

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