- By the end of 2008, there were 74,000 active prescribers (vs. 36,000 for 2007 and 16,000 for 2006).
- Seven states are connected to the SureScripts network through their pharmacy benefit managers to deliver prescription information for fee-for-service Medicaid patients.
- At the end of 2008, approximately 76% of community pharmacies and six of the largest mail-order pharmacies in the U.S. were connected for prescription routing.
Healthcare IT provider Allscripts (Chicago) announced separately that it had routed more electronic prescriptions over the SureScripts network than any other e-prescribing or electronic health record solution provider.
“Electronic prescribing is an easy first step for physicians to move towards an electronic health record, and a logical place to start because of the huge cost—in dollars and human lives—of our current system of handwritten prescriptions,” says Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of USF Health and Dean of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in an announcement.
The SureScripts network connects prescribers in all 50 states to over 50,000 independent and chain pharmacies and the nation's leading payers, providing secure electronic access to prescription benefit and history information and the ability to route prescriptions electronically.
“In the past two years, the U.S. has gone from 19,000 to 103,000 prescribers routing prescriptions electronically, punctuated by 39% sequential growth in prescriber adoption in the first quarter of this year,” says Harry Totonis, president and CEO of SureScripts, in an announcement. “The past two years have also witnessed a sevenfold increase in the use of e-prescribing. And while this growth shows clear evidence that the steps taken by policymakers, prescribers, payers, pharmacies, and others are having a positive impact, swift and specific action is required for the U.S. to achieve mainstream adoption and use of e-prescribing.”
The nationwide effort to replace paper prescriptions with e-prescribing is far from over, says SureScripts: despite the growth, only about 10% of eligible prescriptions are now routed electronically.