McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, a respected online publication addressing the needs and concerns of the long-term care industry, interviewed and quoted Southern’s Joel Noped, PharmD in a current article entitled “E-prescribing Grows Up.”
The article discusses e-prescribing, now and in the future. Noped, Southern’s Director of Operational Support, who works very closely with the various eMAR and Electronic Health Records (EHR) companies that Southern supports, reported an increase over the last few years in the number of electronic orders coming into the pharmacy. Currently, 15 to 20 percent of Southern’s orders are received electronically and the number continues to increase.
While cost savings has been cited as one of the leading reasons to adopt e-prescribing, Noped cautions long-term care providers against expecting immediate cost savings. New issues, such as resolving possible interface problems between facility systems and pharmacy systems, can arise and must be resolved. He suggested benefits like error reduction, use of barcode scanning, auto-review and inventory control, rather than cost saving, should be the major draw in adopting an e-prescribing system.