e-Prescriptions, eRx, eScripts: A Basic Rundown & History

The concept of electronically prescribing medications is known by a few industry names: e-Prescriptions, e-Rx, e-Scripts. In the drchrono EHR, the abbreviation eRx is most commonly used.

Electronic prescriptions take the place of paper and faxed prescriptions and allow physicians to electronically transmit prescriptions using their EHR or other service. With the adoption of eRx, prescriptions become more error-free, accurate, understandable, and documented. As an additional benefit for using the drchrono EHR, eRx is also automatically compared with the patient's medication list/chart to detect any drug-drug or drug-allergy interactions that may prove dangerous or fatal to the patient.

In the United States, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) authorized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to spend significant resources to expand the adoption of health information technology. To meet meaningful use requirements, practices must prescribe and transmit at least 50% of permissible prescriptions electronically. 

The drchrono EHR is powered by Surescripts, a service that connects of 95% of U.S. pharmacies and provides electronic prescription transmission capabilities (external source). The drchrono eRx system satisfies all legal requirements mandated by 21 CFR Part 1311 and is certified for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

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