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Comparison of primary compliance in electronic versus paper prescriptions prescribed from the emergency department

Published:February 05, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2018.02.003
      The increased integration of Health Information Technology (HIT) [
      • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
      Pub Law no. 111-5, 123 Stat 226–279.
      ] into our healthcare system has increased usage of electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions). From 2008 to 2014, e-prescriptions usage rose from 7% to 70% [
      • Gabriel M.H.
      • Swain M.
      E-Prescribing Trends in the United States. ONC Data Br No 18.
      ]. However, debate exists regarding the enforced use of e-prescriptions. In March 2016, New York became the first state to ban all non-electronic prescriptions, with a threatened penalty of fines and imprisonment for non-complying physicians [
      • Otterman S.
      The End of Prescriptions as We Know Them in New York.
      ,
      • Heller M.
      • Patel N.
      • Rose J.
      Mandatory E-prescribing is a dangerous Rx for ED patients.
      ,
      • Official New York State Prescription Forms
      McKinney's Pubic Health Law No. 281.
      ]. Although not currently enforced, physicians are concerned about its potential effect on patient care by reducing medication acquisition/compliance when pharmacies are closed or a medication is out of stock [
      • Heller M.
      • Patel N.
      • Rose J.
      Mandatory E-prescribing is a dangerous Rx for ED patients.
      ,
      • Wormser G.P.
      • Erb M.
      • Horowitz H.W.
      Are mandatory electronic prescriptions in the best interest of patients?.
      ].

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