E-prescribing very well could be the tool that knocks down significant barriers to health information exchange, particularly on the payer side of the equation, according to a WellPoint executive.
Speaking at the AHIP Institute in San Francisco, WellPoint VP of Health Information Technology Charles Kennedy, M.D., said that e-prescribing can pay immediate dividends in terms of cost and outcomes, helping to overcome the lack of coordination of care with current EHRs and the perception that clinically focused RHIOs are failing. But it is up to insurers to provide physicians with data showing the value of the technology, he said.
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