E-Prescribing Strategies


As healthcare expenditure spirals ever higher, public and private healthcare payers are seeking to contain costs. E-prescribing is one such solution that will not only deliver cost-savings, but also improve patient outcomes by reducing prescription errors and improving therapeutic adherence.

* Discusses the benefits the commercial and healthcare benefits of e-prescribing for the different stakeholders.

* Analyses the current and future adoption rate of e-prescribing and the drivers and resistors affecting uptake.

The adoption of health information technology (HIT) is widely viewed as an important measure that will provide many benefits for patient healthcare, including more effective cost management.

E-prescribing is one such HIT solution that will not only deliver this but also improve patient outcomes by reducing prescription errors and improving therapeutic adherence.

E-prescribing is an important stepping-stone in the adoption of comprehensive e-healthcare systems, and has the potential to benefit many stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem, including pharmaceutical companies.

* How can e-prescribing create cost efficiencies?

* What are the drivers and resistors of e-prescribing facing various healthcare stakeholders?

* What is the future outlook of the e-prescribing landscape?

Executive Summary


Strategic scoping and focus

Key findings

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Rising healthcare costs are impacting overall healthcare and pharmaceuticals

Healthcare costs are driven up by several factors

An aging population

Growing prevalence of lifestyle diseases

Growing use of expensive drugs and technology

Expanding government healthcare coverage

Healthcare reforms focus on improving access and cutting costs

E-prescribing is a tool that can ultimately help cut healthcare costs in the long term

Adoption of e-prescribing solutions is low but increasing

Standalone e-prescribing versus integrated EHR solutions

Standalone e-prescribing systems

Integrated e-prescribing solutions

E-prescribing is a key component of meaningful use and is viewed as a first step in the adoption of EHR technology


Legal changes in the US provide incentives for e-prescribing

The Medicare e-Rx program incentivizes e-prescribing to physicians

US DEA provides guidelines for prescribing controlled substances electronically

E-prescribing helps reduce adverse drug events, cutting healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes

Improved patient compliance can cut healthcare costs and increase prescription sales

Healthcare payers and PBMs are helping drive the adoption of e-prescribing solutions

Initial cost and time commitment are key barriers to e-prescribing adoption

Patient concern over privacy and security impacts potential savings

Security of patient data is a top priority for healthcare stakeholders

The pharmaceutical industry seeks to benefit from the adoption of e-prescribing solutions

E-prescribing will create an electronic record of prescription usage providing drug companies with valuable data for mining


E-Prescribing adoption rates set to accelerate


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