Since ePrescribing was introduced in the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) in 2003, it has grown in momentum, thanks to its ability to improve both the efficiency and safety of prescribing practices.
What is ePrescribing?
Electronic Prescribing, or ePrescribing, enables providers to enter prescriptions into a computer device –tablet, laptop, or desktop computer–and securely transmit the prescription to pharmacies. The total rate of ePrescribing rose from 66 percent of all prescriptions in 2017 to 80 percent of all drug prescriptions in 2019.
Traditional hand-written prescriptions can be tedious and time consuming to write, transmit and track. They can also be more prone to misinterpretation and error.
The FDA has disclosed that it receives more than 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors annually. The effects of these errors can range from lack of improvement to hospitalization and fatal overdose.
For many behavioral health providers, ePrescribing is now a requirement, not an option, as electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is required at the federal level and by a growing number of states.
Streamline’s SmartCare Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform was designed specifically for Behavioral Health and Human Services. Its ePrescribing function, SmartCareRx, offers robust functionality that includes prescribing, modifying, refilling, alerting for filled medications, capturing medication consents, and submissions to any pharmacy on the Surescripts network.
The SmartCareRx Dashboard provides easy access to the patient and medication details, patient consent and their order history, current diagnosis and medications, and known allergies.
SmartCareRx is fully integrated into SmartCare’s single EHR platform, which means it requires no third-party apps or plugins. It also means it is integrated into the care/treatment plan, and medications can be prescribed from and tracked within the plan itself.
SmarCareRx enables Behavioral Health and Human Service organizations to reduce the administrative burden and paperwork of prescribing. Also, most importantly, SmartCare RX helps reduce errors and increase patient safety.
SmartCare™ is a next generation Enterprise EHR platform for the Behavioral Health and Human Services market. Developed specifically for this market, its cloud-based, single-platform, and intelligent technology is unlike any other. It empowers Behavioral Health and Human Services organizations to achieve their mission of helping those in need.
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