Wednesday, June 24, 2009

e-prescribing in Massachusetts

Boston has several different medical schools and affiliated hospitals. Can you name all of them? You have Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts (the UMass medical school is in Amherst). Is it any surprise that Massachusetts has been named the top e-prescribing state for the second year in a row by Surescripts? According to Surescripts, prescribers in Massachusetts sent more than 6.7 million prescriptions electronically in 2008, representing 20.5 percent of all eligible prescriptions in the state. That number is only going to increase because of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Here's some more interesting info from Healthcare IT News:

Top 10 e-prescribing states
  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Michigan
  4. Nevada
  5. Delaware
  6. North Carolina
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Connecticut
  9. Maine
  10. Arizona

The top five most improved states:

  1. Vermont
  2. Tennessee
  3. Kansas
  4. Illinois
  5. Missouri
Is your state on any of these lists? It's going to be very interesting to see all the changes that occur as President Obama channels money to improve the utilization of e-prescribing.

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