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Electronic medical prescriptions on rise in Florida

The percentage of Florida medical prescriptions routed electronically more than doubled in 2008, according to a report by Surescripts, the country's largest electronic prescribing network.

About 3.9 percent of all prescriptions in the state were routed electronically from doctors' offices last year as opposed to little more than 1.6 percent in 2007.

More than 100,000 prescribers in the United States route prescriptions electronically, according to the national report. Florida ranks 20th in prescription routing.

Massachusetts ranked at the top of the list with 20.5 percent of prescriptions done using e-routing.

E-prescribing allows for patient prescriptions to be routed to their choice of pharmacies. When a patient needs a refill, a pharmacist can send a renewal request to the patient's physician for approval.

Electronic medical prescriptions on rise in Florida 06/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:58pm]
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