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  1. E-Prescribing Nearly Triples, Surescripts Says

    The use of electronic prescribing in the U.S. nearly tripled in 2009, according to an annual report released by Surescripts. By the end of the year, about 18% of eligible prescriptions were routed electronically, up from 6.6% at the end of 2008, according to the company’s 2009 National Progress Report on E-Prescribing. By tracking traffic across its network, Surescripts tallied 191 million electronic prescriptions in 2009, compared with 68 million in 2008.

    The report cites the coming federal subsidies tied to electronic prescribing as one of several factors driving the growth. Others include increased adoption by large systems and clinics, and broadened certification programs of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

    Other key findings in the report include that the number of physicians and other prescribers using electronic prescribing more than doubled, to 156,000 from 74,000. The number of electronic requests for prescription benefit information increased to 303 million from 79 million. The number of prescription histories delivered to prescribers grew to 81 million from 16 million.

    Source: Gregg Blesch, Modern Healthcare [3/1/10]


  2. eMR Superinfections and Duplicity?

    And yet, will all these e-antibiotics augment superinfections?

    ONC top doc says he does not use e-prescribing

    Article by Paul McCloskey
    Monday, March 01, 2010

    ATLANTA — Dr. David Hunt, the Office of the National Coordinator’s chief medical officer, told a crowd of physicians here yesterday that as a practicing surgeon he does not use electronic prescribing.

    More: http://www.govhealthit.com/newsitem.aspx?nid=73211

    Is this just another example of how the government is duplicative?

    Q: Will that be a paper Rx or an electronic Rx?
    A: BOTH



  3. Obama Creates Task Force to Craft Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Battle Plan

    President Obama Just signed an executive order directing the formation of a task force led jointly by the secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture to develop an action plan by February 15th to carry out priorities laid out in the administration’s new National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

    The key goals of the strategy over the next five years will include improving stewardship of existing antibiotics, creating methods to accelerate the development of new antibiotics, and strengthening the country’s ability to detect resistant-bacteria infection outbreaks. As incentive, the administration plans to award a $20 million prize for the development of rapid diagnostic tests for health providers to identify highly resistant bacterial infections at the point of care. The hope is to reduce the likelihood of their spread.

    Source: Steven Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare [9/18/14]



  4. Fatigue and its Effect on Doctors & Prescriptions

    Time of Day and the Decision to Prescribe Antibiotics

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    And, according to Aaron Carroll; fatigue matters. Even when it comes to doctors. Especially when it comes to doctors.


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  5. Almost 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions in 2016 Were Inappropriate

    BMJ recently published an analysis of antibiotic prescribing among privately insured individuals in 2016. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • 14.7% enrollees filled at least one inappropriate antibiotic prescription in 2016.
    • Among outpatient antibiotic prescription fills, 23.2% were inappropriate.
    • 35.5% of outpatient antibiotic prescription fills were potentially appropriate.
    • 28.5% of prescriptions were not associated with a recent diagnosis code.

    Source: BMJ, January 16, 2019


  6. Antibiotics Prescribed in 52% of Pediatric Telemedicine Visits for ARIs

    Pediatrics recently published a study on antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infection (ARI) pediatric visits. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • Antibiotics were prescribed in 52% of telemedicine visits for children with ARIs.
    • For urgent care ARI visits, 42% of children were prescribed antibiotics.
    • Antibiotics were prescribed in 31% of primary care provider ARI visits.
    • Guidelines were followed in 59% of telemedicine and 67% of urgent care visits.

    Source: Pediatrics,April 2019


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