Rhode Island Launches E-prescription Effort

System is expected to cut down on physician and pharmacy mistakes



Next month, 70% of Rhode Island's pharmacies will be able to accept electronic prescriptions from the more than 2,100 physicians in the state.

Rhode Island will be the first state to roll out a transaction engine from SureScript Systems Inc. that provides secure connectivity for the transmission of E-prescriptions between doctors' offices and drugstores.

SureScripts Messenger Services transaction engine provides the format for messages to be sent electronically. The lack of a standard transaction engine for E-prescriptions has meant that even when Rhode Island doctors were equipped to write prescriptions electronically, pharmacies handled them manually.

"Right now, when a doctor hits the button to send an electronic prescription, that information is faxed to the pharmacy and manually re-entered into the pharmacy's system, which opens the door for mistakes and calls back to the doctor," says Laura Adams, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a group of professionals from health care, government, business, academia, and insurance that's trying to improve patient safety, quality of care, and health-care technology. Adams says 30% of all prescriptions result in pharmacies calling doctors to check information.

SureScript's transaction engine is being tested in other states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Ohio.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Email This  | 
Print  | 
RSS
More Insights
Copyright © 2020 UBM Electronics, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service