In days gone by, paper was the only way doctors could communicate prescriptions to pharmacists. Today, prescriptions are increasingly being sent electronically due to the many benefits of e-prescribing. This post examines the benefits for both psychiatrists and patients when prescription writing software replaces older methods of prescribing medications.
E-prescribing offers several benefits related to increased safety for patients. Writing prescriptions the old fashioned way has multiple risks that are eliminated or reduced when prescriptions are sent to pharmacies electronically.
Automated Drug-to-Drug, Drug-to-Allergy, and Contraindication Checks
Prescription writing software programs will automatically alert psychiatrists to potentially harmful drug interactions. They flag drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interactions. Contraindication checks for conditions like pregnancy further reduce the likelihood that a psychiatrist may unknowingly prescribe a medication with adverse effects.
Streamlined Prescription Submission Process
E-prescribing reduces the chances the wrong medication is given due to illegible hand-written prescriptions. It’s a tribute to pharmacists that more prescriptions aren’t incorrectly filled based on poor handwriting alone! With electronic prescriptions, there’s no handwriting involved in the process. The psychiatrist enters the prescription in the system and transmits it electronically to the patient’s pharmacy.
Multiple prompts within the software ensure prescription data is complete before it’s transmitted to the pharmacy. Before a psychiatrist can send an electronic prescription, they must fill in all of the dropdown items with details on the form of medication, strength, and dosage.
Access to a Complete Medication History
Prescription writing software allows prescribers to view a more comprehensive record of the client’s past medication history. And it removes the need to reconcile medication lists manually.
Prescription medication will only work if it’s filled. Prescription writing software comes with several features that make it more convenient for patients to fill their prescriptions.
Generic Locators and Out-of-Pocket Estimates
Prescription writing software can help psychiatrists identify generic options that are more likely to be covered by insurance. E-prescribing programs also estimate the client’s out-of-pocket prescription cost before the client leaves the office. Clients are more likely to fill a less costly prescription, especially if they know their out-of-pocket costs before arriving at the pharmacy.
No Lost Paper Prescriptions
Paper prescriptions are easily misplaced, sucked into the void of the handbag or car, never to be seen again. E-prescriptions go directly from the psychiatrist’s computer to the pharmacy’s with a mouse click.
Benefits for Psychiatrists
Efficiencies are built into the electronic prescription writing process to improve patient care and save time for psychiatrists and their front office staff.
Track Prescription Fulfillment
With prescriptions submitted electronically, psychiatrists can see if they were filled or not. This provides valuable data when discussing the importance of medication compliance with clients.
Reduced Time with Refill Requests
The amount of time that psychiatrists and their staff spend fielding refill requests is significant. Prescription writing software allows psychiatrists to review, authorize, and transmit refills quickly and easily from an online dashboard.
Less Time Spent Clarifying Prescription Details
With paper prescriptions, there’s more room for error. Accurately filling a prescription requires detailed instructions regarding dosing, forms, strengths, etc. If any of that information is left out or isn’t clear, a pharmacist will need to call the psychiatrist before filling the prescription. E-prescribing software programs require all of this information to be included before a prescription is ever transmitted to the pharmacy.
Psychiatrists must comply with a host of state and federal regulations, many involving controlled substances prescriptions. E-prescribing software is designed to handle the compliance checks required by law.
Easier PDMP Checks
Many states have prescription drug monitoring programs that prescribers are required to check before prescribing a controlled substance. Some prescription writing software programs will automatically check your states’ PDMP database.
Spot Signs of Prescription Drug Misuse Earlier
Prescription drug abuse is a nationwide problem. Prescription writing software allows psychiatrists to see how many controlled substances prescriptions a patient has already received. This visibility reduces the risk of prescribing more medication than they legitimately need. It also makes it easier to spot telltale patterns of misuse, like moving from doctor to doctor regularly.
Streamlined Multi-factor Authentication For Prescribing Controlled Substances
A secure, multi-factor authentication process is built into prescription drug writing software and allows psychiatrists to write controlled substance prescriptions within a single workflow easily.
Benefits Abound with Prescription Writing Software
Prescription writing software provides meaningful benefits for both psychiatrists and their patients. By using this software, you can streamline your practice management and better serve your clients.
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