The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) joined hands with Anthem Blue Cross, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., and Blue Shield of California to launch the state’s largest electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing) initiative to date. Medco Health Solutions is providing project management resources for the pilot program. This is the latest large scale initiative in US, is a pilot project which will utilise insights given by participating physicians to determine the best possible way of employing e-Prescribing Technology in their practice, respectively, and also will facilitate use by all prescribers.
Various things will be tracked by the program organizers such as identified preventable adverse drug events, use of e-Prescribing, and generic drug and formulators prescribing rates. A report to be released at the end of the study will showcase results of the pilot program. Several physician groups will be working together that serve CalPERS members in addition to other patients in the community. The health plan Anthem Blue Cross and the health plan Blue Shield of California will each work with the pilot medical groups and their chosen e-Prescribing vendors to address barriers to e-Prescribing. e-Prescribing has been widely recognized as a secure transaction that can improve patient safety, increase practice efficiency for physicians and pharmacies, and reduce health care costs.