The big question around e-prescribing is not whether you should do it, but how your practice should do it. Should you choose a less-expensive, standalone e-prescribing application or an e-prescribing module that is integrated into your EHR? Here are some points to consider:
• If you are already considering purchasing an EHR to qualify for the government incentives, it might make sense to use an e-prescribing module within your new system.
• If you don't plan on moving to an EHR in the near future, adopting standalone e-prescribing software can help you get your practice inexpensively outfitted to help prepare you for later technology adoptions.
• With either choice, making sure you have the proper computer equipment, network connections, and new work flows in place is crucial to e-prescribing success.
Ken Terry is a New Jersey-based freelance writer and the author of the book "Rx for Health Care Reform." He can be reached at [email protected].
This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of Physicians Practice.