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: