Report: Increase in e-Prescriptions

The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology is out with a new data brief on changes in rates of physician e-prescribing, pharmacy capability to accept e-prescriptions, and the volume of e-prescriptions between December, 2008 and April, 2014.

Nationwide, there has been a rapid increase:

  • All states showed double-digit increases in the proportion of physicians e- prescribing using an EHR between December 2008 and April 2014. 
  • As of April 2014, 7 out of 10 physicians e-prescribe through an EHR, representing a ten- fold increase since December 2008. 
  • In 2013, more than half (57 percent) of new and renewal prescriptions were sent electronically. 
  • The volume of new and renewal prescriptions sent electronically has increased thirteen- fold from 2008 through 2013. 

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 7.10.42 PMNotably, however, “the four states with highest volume of prescriptions — California, Texas, New York, and Florida — are all below the national average” in new and renewed e-prescriptions.