4 Ways E-Prescribing Improves Quality Care (#KareoChat Recap)

Twenty to thirty percent of prescriptions are never filled according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Of the prescriptions initially filled, adherence drops dramatically at the six month mark. Patients often cite cost as the number one reason they stop taking prescribed medications.   

Electronic prescribing (E-Prescribing) helps providers and patients with medication adherence in many ways. From automatic prescription renewals for patients to making it easier for providers to have discussions about drug costs that reduce surprises at the pharmacy window, E-Prescribing is making a big impact on quality care.    

In a recent #KareoChat (first and third Thursdays at 9 a.m. Pacific), participants came together with host Dr. Tom Giannulli (@drtom_kareo), to discuss ways E-Prescribing improves quality care.  

Lets dive into the discussion.

Topic 1: What is the State of E-Prescribing in the United States?

A great question to start the discussion as E-Prescribing is a meaningful use requirement.   

Participants gave feedback from both the provider and patient perspective:  


Topic 2: What Can E-Prescribing Do to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs Today (Triple Aim)?

As the chatters point out, when patients know they can get their medicine quickly, prescription pick-up and medication adherence rates increase.


Topic 3: How Does E-Prescribing Help Engage Patients in Their Care?

From being able to discuss medication choices to making prescription refill requests simple, E-Prescribing is leading the way for patients to play a big part in their own care.  


Topic 4: What are Advantages of E-Prescribing to Providers?

Next, our chatters discussed E-Prescribing from a providers point of view to explore the advantages it has over the traditional pen and paper method.

Here are a few of the responses:  


Topic 5: How Will E-Prescribing Evolve in the Next 5 Years (Hint: AI)?

For the final question, the participants got to be medical futurists for a moment and share their thoughts about the future of E-Prescribing and AI! From trains in children’s hospitals to drones delivering medications, the future of E-Prescribing is just getting started!


It's easy to see that the future is bright for E-Prescribing and will only get better as time goes on. Perhaps in a few years, drones will deliver your medications right to your doorstep!

As always, join us every first and third Thursday at 9 a.m. Pacific time @GoKareo #KareoChat to talk about critical topics facing independent practices and the patients they serve.

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