Study: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Effective, Efficient

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Electronic prescribing of controlled substance improved work flow, prescription accuracy and medication monitoring, according to research published in the Journal of the America Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers surveyed 102 prescribers authorized to pilot EPCS in 2010. More than half reported improved workflow, prescription accuracy (69.5 percent), medication monitoring (59.3 percent) and coordination with pharmacists.

EPCS providers also perceived decreases in medication errors and drug diversion compared to non-EPCS prescriber controls.

EPCS systems were not as efficient or reliable as expected, however, and the study concluded EPCS contributions to practice efficiency will depend upon implementation strategies.

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