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Electronic prescriptions catching on in Tennessee: Sending via Internet reduces errors, costs supporters say [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]


Jul. 1When Dr. Kenneth Reese needs to prescribe medication to a patient he heads to his computer.
From his office at Baptist Professional Medical Building, the 48-year-old general internal medicine physician transmits prescriptions via a secured Internet network directly to pharmacies.
Reese is among an increasing number of physicians who are scrapping pens and paper for electronic prescriptions, which supporters say can reduce medical errors and costs by providing information at doctors’ fingertips.
With a click of a mouse, Reese has access to a patient’s medical history, potential drug and allergy interactions and a formulary list that’s color coded to easily differentiate what’s generic, what’s preferred and what’s not preferred.
"It makes a lot of sense. I think a lot of people are on board, but we doctors are set in our ways," said Reese, who averages more than 1,000 prescriptions per month. "It’s a big learning curve any time you take away the paper chart."
Tennessee has been making strides. The state recently was recognized as one of the top five most improved in routing prescriptions electronically by Surescripts, a health information network that operates the country’s largest electronic prescribing network.
Melissa Hargiss, director of the state’s Office of eHealth Initiatives, said the objective is to improve quality of care at the point of care.
The practice is more beneficial because of the information that is available but "it changes what they do and may take a little longer than actually writing a prescription."
"E-prescribing is not going away. It’s part of a total package of improving quality of care," Hargiss said.
Summit Medical Group, the largest primary-care physicians group in East Tennessee, expects its more than 200 providers to use e-prescribing.
"We believe in it wholeheartedly. We were early adopters. We believe it is a foregone conclusion this is the way to go," said Dr. Randall Curnow, medical director for Summit Medical Group.
Summitt Medical has a 99 percent user rate by its providers, who Curnow estimates write more than 1 million prescriptions per year electronically. Federal drug laws prohibit electronic prescribing of controlled medications such as narcotics.
E-prescribing helps reduce medical errors in part because it does away with doctors’ illegible handwriting, Curnow said. It also improves efficiencies, with the ability to identify medications and dosages quickly.
The decision wasn’t cheap. It cost Summit Medical about $3,500 per provider to implement e-prescribing although the expense includes a complete electronic medical record system.
"It has been a significant investment but well worth it," Curnow said. "People who are more familiar with technology are more enthusiastic to embrace it, but we’ve had little problem," he said.
To offset the cost, the state provided grants to nearly 2,000 providers: $3,500 to doctors and $2,500 to advance nurse practitioners and physician assistants. That money, however, has been exhausted.
It also conducted 20 training sessions across the state on how to adopt e-prescribing into the work force.
Doctors can take advantage of federal incentives that began in January. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is offering doctors a 2 percent bonus if they e-prescribe, though that amount will continue to drop. Physicians who don’t jump on board will have their Medicare reimbursements reduced beginning in 2012.
"Patients love it because all of a sudden their prescription is already sent to the pharmacy," Reese said. "If we’re improving patient safety and obvious patient satisfaction then we’re doing the right thing."
Business writer Carly Harrington may be reached at 865-342-6317.

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