HOW PATIENT SAFETY IS ENSURED BY E-PRESCRIBING HEALTH IT FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

E-prescriptions save a lot of energy and time for physicians and practices from documentation and follow-up work. E-prescription health IT contributes a greater side of it to ensuring patient safety.

Here we are going to learn how the particular e-prescription health IT for controlled substances supports and ensures patients' safety.

E-Prescription Health IT: Boosting Ways To A Safer Patient Community

Reports of ONC HealthITBuzz blog say, “increased adoption of ePrescribing health IT for controlled substances is set to boost patient safety and mitigate clinician burden”.

New data from sources shows that 95% of non-federal acute care hospitals have already adopted e-prescribing health IT for controlled substances, by 2021. E-prescribing increases a healthcare organization’s ability to ensure higher and better patient safety.

It helps in avoiding errors that can occur in paper-based documentation of prescribing, reducing prescription drug frauds, and abuses, alleviating provider burden, increasing workflow efficiency, and improving care coordination.

The Transformation To The Trending Digitalized Outlook

  • Traditionally, providers, physicians, and patients relied upon paper-based prescribing methods for controlled substances even when the people who prescribed non-controlled substances have already started transforming themselves into the era of e-prescribing.

  • The transformation to a digitalized prescription for controlled substances results in the reduction of paper works. 

  • This in turn increases care coordination among providers and physicians. 

  • It also supplements clinical workflows and boosts efficiencies by putting forward all prescription data into a single workflow window.

  • E-prescriptions not only save time and paper works of providers but also save them from errors in data entry, the need to coordinate, and manage paper prescriptions between patients, doctors, pharmacies, etc., and reduces the volume of calls to prescribers to clarify any written doubts.

  • E-prescribing among other benefits majorly ensures and supports patient safety.

  • E-prescribing features that are built into, notifies prescribers of inappropriate doses, possible drug interactions, allergies, and fundamental patient conditions.

The Brighter Side Of Changes

Some point out that the policies of the state and federal governments may have been one of the driving forces in practices’ adoption of e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPSC).

DEA regulations in 2010, authorized the legality of prescribing controlled substances electronically. Following that in 2015, all states altered their laws to permit EPCS. Through the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule, CMS executed the mandate of requiring Medicare Part D providers to e-prescribe controlled drugs and opioids from early 2021.

All non-federal acute care hospitals in the US, due to the mandatory EPCS laws, had e-prescribing for controlled substances capabilities in 2021. And even before that many states had their own compulsory EPCS laws in effect.

There has also been a growth in the usage of EPCS among office-based physicians, particularly among those who regularly prescribe controlled substances. The increase in the need for providing better care and safety to patients has pushed the usage of EPCS among solo, smaller, and low-resource physician practices.

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    E-prescriptions save a lot of energy and time for physicians and practices from documentation and follow-up work. E-prescription health IT contributes a greater side of it to ensuring patient safety.

    Here we are going to learn how the particular e-prescription health IT for controlled substances supports and ensures patients' safety.

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