Docs find problems with e-prescribing systems

Doctors are constantly encouraged to embrace technology, as it makes processes easier and more efficient. Yet, when it comes to prescribing medication, that might not be the case. If fact, many doctors find electronic prescribing systems to have incomplete data and limited usefulness, writes FierceHealthIT editor Ken Terry.

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) study, while most doctors had access to formulary data, only about half could access medication histories. What's more, the histories that were available were presented in a cumbersome manner that slowed physicians down and didn't fit into their workflows, notes Terry.

Doctors reported similar issues for formulary information, saying the data was only available for some of their patients, and that accessible data was either out of date or inaccurate.

Thanks to such barriers, many physicians admitted to rarely using electronic prescribing systems when making medication treatment decisions. -- Read the full article at FierceHealthIT

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