California physicians slow to give up handwritten prescriptions

Accreditation Connection, March 13, 2009

Although electronic prescriptions were thought to bring about the end of stereotypical “doctor’s handwriting” and the problems indecipherable prescriptions brought, physicians remain slow to fully adopt electronic prescribing, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Electronic prescribing systems arrived on the scene more than 10 years ago. But according to a study by the California HealthCare Foundation, only 1.2% of prescriptions written in 2007 by clinics and private practice physicians were filed electronically.

Another study by SureScripts shows that although 70% of pharmacies are currently capable of handling electronic prescriptions, nationally only 6% of physicians are using this option.

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