The nationwide initiative for the use of e-prescribing has been gaining steam, with approximately 100 million e-prescriptions submitted last year, but "strong leadership and additional measures are needed to fully embed e-prescribing to handle the 4 billion prescriptions written annually in the United States," writes Dr. Sumit Dutta, Medco Health Solutions' senior vice president of physician advocacy and strategy. E-prescribing is being encouraged as a way to minimize the number of medication errors, boost patient safety and reduce health care costs.

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