E-Prescribing

Peter Kilbridge
First Consulting Group


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Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is the use of an automated data entry system to generate a prescription, rather than writing it on paper. Automation of the outpatient prescribing process has many potential benefits to different health care stakeholders, especially patients, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and employers.

The purpose of this 2001 report is to clarify the concept of e-prescribing and examine its status in practice, including: how it is used; business considerations of different parties; obstacles to adoption; and prospects for the future.

The complete report is available under Document Downloads below.