Researchers: Link EHRs with pharmacies to flag unfilled prescriptions

09/11/2011 | InformationWeek

Patients with diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol who receive care at health care systems whose EHRS are integrated with their pharmacies are more likely to have prescriptions filled, researchers reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Linking computerized physician order entry systems with pharmacies helps identify patients who need help, the study's lead author said. "To directly address primary nonadherence, rather than using databases to attempt to predict patients likely to not initiate therapy, we recommend that health care systems pursue directly linking orders with dispensed prescriptions," the researchers wrote.

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