Third Annual Safe-Rx Awards Names Massachusetts # 1 State for Electronic Prescriptions
March 4, 2008
At an event on Capitol Hill today, the nation’s community pharmacies announced that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to transmitting prescriptions electronically, versus by fax or via prescription pad. According to the results of a nationwide audit of electronic prescriptions transmitted in 2007, it was determined that prescribers in the Bay State sent more than 4 million prescriptions electronically, representing 13.4 percent of all eligible prescriptions in the state, a figure that is more than six times the national average. For this accomplishment, Massachusetts was recognized, along with nine other states, as part of the third annual Safe-Rx Awards.
“This is a proud moment for the state of Massachusetts, as the nation’s leader in e-prescribing, and a star innovator of medical technology for the world,” said U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), who in December of 2007 led a bipartisan effort to introduce the Medicare Electronic Medication and Safety Protection Act (“E-MEDS”). The E-MEDS bill proposes to offer physicians reimbursements for investing in e-prescribing technology, as well as incentive payments each time a prescription is transmitted electronically and the claim is submitted through Medicare. “This dedication to technology and efficiency by the Massachusetts care providers, physicians and pharmacists who have earned this honor, is testament to their sincere concern for patient safety and their real commitment to saving lives,” said Senator Kerry. “I am thrilled to receive this award on behalf of my state and its care providers, and it is with their tireless work in mind that I will fight to pass the electronic prescribing legislation I have introduced in the Senate.”
“Electronic prescribing is an essential part of modern health care, because it’s so effective in reducing costs and avoiding medical errors,” said U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). “It’s gratifying that for the second year in a row, Massachusetts is receiving the Safe-Rx Award for its leadership in adopting this technology. We’re clearly in the forefront on e-prescribing, and our citizens are getting better care because of it.”
“The Safe-Rx Awards are a wonderful way to recognize the accomplishments of local groups that are working hard to collaborate on creative strategies and solutions to accelerate the adoption of e-prescribing,” said Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation. “The Safe-Rx Awards were created to highlight the importance of efforts to increase the number of physicians using e-prescribing. Everyone knows that e-prescribing saves lives, is much more efficient, allows for better outcomes, and reduces costs for everyone. We should all be encouraging our physicians to use this kind of practical technology to protect their patients.”

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