Few U.S. physicians use e-prescribing, nonprofit finds

11/24/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Only 2% of valid U.S. prescriptions are sent electronically to pharmacies, according to data from the nonprofit eHealth Initiative. To promote e-prescribing, the federal government in January is set to start a 2% bonus for doctors under Medicare who adopt the system. Though the technology is designed to avert medical mistakes, a pharmacist raised concerns about the improper use of online prescriptions and delayed transmission because of jammed computer servers.

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