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BENEFITS


Surprising Ways e-Prescribing Can Speed Up Your Workflow


by ROBERT McDERMOTT


ever, have you ever just paused to calculate a literal monetary cost to the time consumed by you, your staff and your patients just to navigate the current paper system?


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Your time is lost: • on a patient’s slow recollection of meds, then researching drugs and interactions;


• on hold with the pharmacy; and, • on lost scripts that don’t make it out of the office with the patient.


e all tend to extend a lot of lati- tude to the familiar, and paper Rx pads are very familiar. How-


Your patient: • takes the paper prescription to the pharmacy;


• waits or has to come back to pick it up, possibly affecting adherence; and,


• drives to your office for certain con- trolled substance refills.


Every minute spent by you and your team can be calculated into a direct cost, based on wages alone. However, when you consider second and third-order effects of interrupted workflow, the indirect costs grow even greater. Add these costs on top of the dangers of unintended interactions (or undetected


prescription abuse) and the weight of the paper system really starts to show itself. Following are some key attributes of an e- Prescribing solution that can obliterate these time-consuming and costly factors.


PRESCRIBE ON DESKTOP OR LAPTOP COMPUTERS, TABLETS OR PHONES


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Most providers understand that cloud soft- ware is a must in the modern business envi- ronment. However, what many people don’t realize is that some “cloud” e-Prescribing solutions only work from your phone. These products may offer additional “desktop” op- tions you can use at the office; however, the pricing structure is often different and sig- nificantly higher than the mobile app. A truly comprehensive cloud e-Prescribing solution allows you to e-Prescribe from desktops and laptops at no additional cost, from any loca- tion, any time.


INTEGRATE WITH YOUR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EHR)


This is a key to operational speed. Compre- hensive integration means that your EHR is feeding patient information to your e-Pre- scribing software in real time or on demand. The EHR communicates directly to the e-Prescribing software everything required to complete the prescription, including current data that cannot be pulled from an outside database. You should never have to pay a vendor to import updated information throughout the year.


E-PRESCRIBE ALL MEDICATIONS


Beginning January 1, 2021, all doctors are federally mandated to only use electronic prescriptions for any Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. However, there’s a misconception that only controlled


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