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ARLINGTON, Va. — A majority of doctors in the United States now prescribe electronically, the country's largest e-prescribing network said Wednesday.
Surescripts announced that more than 52% of office-based doctors now use e-prescribing. The company presented the statistic in an online event featuring healthcare leaders and providers from across the country who gathered to receive the Safe-Rx Award, which Surescripts gives to the top 10 states based on their use of e-prescribing.
"Congratulations to this year's Safe-Rx Award winners and to all the states for taking action to improve one of the most fundamental parts of our nation's healthcare system," Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis said. "In three short years, the nation has moved from less than 10% to more than 50% of physicians e-prescribing. This represents one of the most significant milestones achieved to date in the nationwide effort to adopt and achieve meaningful-use health information technology."
According to additional statistics released Wednesday, there are 357,000 active prescribers in the Surescripts network, including office-based physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, while 94% of pharmacies nationwide are now connected and receiving e-prescriptions. Meanwhile, the top 10 states with the highest rates of e-prescribing are: Massachusetts, Delaware, Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon and North Carolina.
To find out more about the event, click here.