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ePrescribing increased 72 percent in US

At the end of 2010, approximately one in four prescriptions was delivered electronically in US, up from one in 18 prescriptions at the end of 2008, a report from Surescripts reveals. The latest figures also show that over 326 million prescriptions were routed electronically in 2010 versus 190 million in 2009–a 72 percent increase. At the end of 2010, approximately one in four prescriptions was delivered electronically, up from one in 18 prescriptions at the end of 2008, a report from Surescripts reveals. The latest figures also show that over 326 million prescriptions were routed electronically in 2010 versus 190 million in 2009–a 72 percent increase. The May 12 release of the report, “The National Progress Report on E-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare” for 2010, is the fourth in an annual series that tracks the status of e-prescribing adoption and use in the United States. Other key findings in the report are: Prescription histories delivered to prescribers grew 184 percent from 81 million in 2009 to 230 million in 2010. About 79 percent of prescribers used electronic medical records in 2010, up from 70 percent in 2009. At the end of 2010, approximately 91 percent of community pharmacies and six of the largest mail-order pharmacies in the United States were able to receive prescriptions electronically. E-prescribing adoption rates are highest among cardiologists (49 percent) and family practitioners (47 percent). E-prescribing Is now used by 36 percent of office-based physicians. In terms of practice size, adoption rates are highest among practices with five to 10 physicians (44 percent) and two to five physicians (42 percent).

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