What is E-Prescribing and How Does It Work?

If you are a psychiatrist or other prescribing clinician, you’re very familiar with the traditional system of paper prescriptions. The technological advancement of EHR technology has led to the growing popularity of an alternative — e-prescribing. Taking advantage of e-prescribing benefits can help improve your workflow and quality of patient care.

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What Is an Electronic Prescription?

An electronic prescription is simply a prescription generated and transmitted electronically through an EHR system.

How Does E-Prescribing Work?

When you create an e-prescription, you use your EHR or e-prescribing software to enter a patient’s prescription information into a device such as a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. When you have entered all the relevant information, you submit the prescription for transmission directly to a pharmacy.

What Are the Benefits of E-Prescribing?

E-prescribing can significantly improve the patient experience while providing benefits to clinicians.

1. Convenience

Patients often have to wait a while for prescriptions. With traditional paper prescriptions, they have to wait for the prescribing clinician to write the prescription, then take it to the pharmacy and wait again as the prescription gets filled. Instead, an e-prescription’s information gets sent directly to the pharmacy before the patient even leaves the office, leading to improved satisfaction.

2. Reduced Paper Records

E-prescriptions are stored electronically, so you can save on space by eliminating paper prescription records.

3. Fewer Pharmacy Callbacks

Handwritten prescriptions can be very difficult to read, leading to calls from the pharmacy asking about what exactly you prescribed. Even typing up a prescription can lead to errors that cause a pharmacy to reject the prescription or call with questions. E-prescribing makes it much easier to identify mistakes before the prescription goes to the pharmacy.

What Is E-Prescribing Software and How Does It Help Clinicians?

E-prescription software is any software that helps clinicians prepare and transmit electronic prescriptions. The software also helps prescribers select medications and easily look up drug information and interactions. The greatest benefits of e-prescribing software for clinicians include:

  • Preventing prescription errors
  • Automated clinical decision support for dosage, route, strength and frequency
  • Faster reconciliation of medication lists
  • Prompt notification of drug interactions, duplicate prescriptions or patient allergies
  • Tracking of prescription fulfillment
  • Better controlled substance monitoring

In short, e-prescribing offers the double advantage of increasing accuracy while reducing effort.

Why Choose ICANotes?

ICANotes is a behavioral health EHR with fully integrated e-prescribing capabilities. You can provide your patients with accurate, error-free prescriptions using DrFirst EPCS Gold. This esteemed platform meets all electronic prescription requirements and offers a deep database that will alert you to drug interactions and provide clinical decision support tools you can use to ensure your patients receive the best course of treatment.

ICANotes can help you improve outcomes for your patients with simplified medication management and a safer, more efficient prescription workflow. To learn more about ICANotes and its range of features, you can sign up for a live demo or free trial of the software.

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