Highmark Funds E-Prescribing Initiative

Published Online: Sunday, January 1, 2006

Highmark Inc will contribute $26.5 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation toward electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) adoption. The foundation has established the Highmark eHealth Collaborative to encourage the adoption of health information used in patient care to improve patient safety and quality while increasing cost efficiency. As its first major undertaking, the Highmark eHealth Collaborative will provide funding to physicians to help lower the initial cost of acquiring e-prescribing/electronic health record technology for their practices.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will receive $8 million to support the e-prescribing component of its system- wide implementation of the electronic health record. The funding will be earmarked to help physicians acquire and use electronic technology systems such as a personal digital assistant, electronic tablet, or digital pen to generate and transmit prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy.

Physicians in western and central Pennsylvania must fill out an on-line application at www.highmarkehealth.org to receive funding. The collaborative will pay up to 75% of the cost for a physician's office to acquire, install, and implement the system, up to a maximum of $7000, with the physician's practice responsible for the remaining balance.

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