March 16, 2010


Looks like we finally “tipped!”

Surescripts released the highly anticipated 2009 National Progress Report on E-Prescribing last week at HIMSS10, and the results are spectacular. Here are some of the key findings:

  • About 25% of office-based providers are e-prescribing! The number grew from 74,000 at the end of 2008 to 156,000 by the end of 2009.
  • Surescripts can now provide access to prescription benefit and history information for more than 65% of patients in the U.S.
  • About 85% of community pharmacies in the U.S. are connected for e-prescribing; 6 of the largest mail order pharmacies are online.
  • Nearly 81 million prescription histories were delivered to prescribers.
  • 191 million prescriptions were routed electronically.
  • You’re twice as likely to find the full set of electronic services in a standalone system like Rcopia from DrFirst than in an EMR (unless the EMR is a DrFirst partner!).

Surescripts noted that e-prescribing is being driven by a broad set factors including government incentive programs (MIPPA and HITECH), broader CCHIT certification criteria, increased interest from large clinics and health systems, and regional initiatives.
2009 was a year of strong growth for both Surescripts and DrFirst; the tipping point is here!
To read the summaries, or download the full report, visit:

About cdeemer

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).