E-Prescribing Hits 1 Million in Massachusetts
Published Online: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 [ ]
The first half of 2005 has been successful for
the Massachusetts eRx Collaborative1 million
prescriptions have been sent electronically. The
eRx Collaborative is an easy and convenient way
for physicians and other prescribers who participate
in multiple health plan networks to prescribe
medications for patients, using a handheld device
and/or a Web browser. The program allows prescribers
to do the following:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts
Health Plan, and Neighborhood Health Plan are
members of the Massachusetts eRx Collaborative.
The plans formed the collaborative to stimulate
electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) in the state.
- Access patient-specific drug histories to
determine current and past prescriptions
- Create new prescriptions and renew old
- Send prescriptions for noncontrolled substances
directly to the pharmacy via fax or by
Electronic Data Interchange and/or print the
prescriptions on paper
- Check for drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions
- Check for formulary coverage
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