Ohio health system rolls out e-prescribing

Another health system has jumped into e-prescribing with both feet. This time it's Columbus, OH-based OhioHealth, a health system including 15 hospitals, 20 health and surgery centers, home health and DME services. Working with e-prescription vendor RxNT of Annapolis, OhioHealth has rolled out e-prescribing to its 2,300 physicians. RxNT's technology allows physicians to both transmit prescriptions and receive messages back from pharmacies, including electronic refill requests. The RxNT system also allows physicians to access it via Pocket PC and Palm OS as well as with desktop PCs. To transmit the prescriptions, RxNT's system is connected to the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, operated by SureScripts. According to SureScripts, upwards of 95 percent of pharmacies are connected to the Exchange. Now, the question is whether physicians will actually use the system as planned; studies have suggested that physicians have trouble using more-advanced e-prescribing features.

To find out more about the implementation:
- read this press release