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What is ePrescribing?

Electronic prescribing, also known as e-prescribing, eliminates incorrect handwriting interpretation, ensures that vital fields include meaningful and relevant data, and is available to the physician at the point of care. Electronic prescribing also enables the delivery of clinical decision support (CDS) including formulary checks, checks for allergies, drug-drug interactions, unusually high doses, and clinical conditions, as well as suggestions for appropriate dosages given the patient's level of renal function and age.


  • An ePrescribing Primer - Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this links to the AHRQ Knowledge Library's entry on electronic prescribing (ePrescribing, eRx).
  • Prescription Infrastructure: Are we ready for ePrescribing go to exit disclaimer (PDF - 450KB)  - Developed THINK-Health and Matthew Holt Consulting for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF),  this report examines the existing infrastructure that would be needed to support ePrescribing, challenges and opportunities, and the future of ePrescribing. (2006)
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