E-prescribing is changing the way healthcare is delivered, and the growth in telemedicine is a leading factor in this change.
Research from Mordor Intelligence estimates the global telemedicine market will grow to $28.9 billion by 2019. A 2015 HIMSS Analytics Telemedicine study, reports that much of the increased use of telemedicine can be attributed to certain specialties, such as radiologists, dermatologists, and even psychologists, looking to fill gaps in care that they might not provide. In addition, other studies show that physicians believe that extending care beyond the traditional settings makes them feel like they are successfully engaging patients and that those patients are more satisfied.
As healthcare costs continue to spiral ever higher, public and private healthcare payers are seeking ways to contain costs. The adoption of health information technology solutions, such as e-prescribing and telemedicine are widely viewed as important measures that will provide many benefits to patients and healthcare delivery, including more effective cost management.
E-prescribing is growing rapidly; over 70 percent of U.S. physicians are transmitting prescriptions electronically, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Following are just some of the reasons that e-prescribing and telemedicine are changing the way healthcare is delivered for the better:
- Prevent prescription drug errors
- Bring healthcare and medical specialties to a broader range of patients
- Provide automated clinical decision support
- Speed up the medication reconciliation process
- Instant notification of allergies, drug interactions, duplicate therapies and other clinical alerts
- Track patient fulfillment of prescriptions
- Improve patient satisfaction
- Reduce the number of lost prescriptions
- Enables physicians to electronically prescribe controlled substances in a single workflow
- Enables better monitoring of controlled substance prescriptions
- Improves productivity — staff spends less time responding to prescription refill requests
- Improves medication adherence
- Improves care quality and reduces the risk of readmissions
- Makes insurance verification easier