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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:00 AM
Podcast: E-Prescribing and Reducing Medication Costs

Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra James with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.

E-prescribing is a system for doctors to send prescriptions electronically using the internet and it helps prevent medication errors often caused by poor handwriting. It can also can warn doctors about possible drug interactions - and may help save money by letting doctors choose lower cost or generic drugs.

To encourage this practice, many insurers now offer lists of approved prescription drugs known as formularies. The combination of these lists and E-prescribing means that patients may save money. Dr. Joel Weissman, explains.

Dr. Weissman: As e-prescribing systems become more widely available and easier to use, their greater use among doctors is likely. In our study, we found that complete use of e-prescribing systems with formulary decision support could reduce prescription drug spending.

Debra: For more information visit healthit.ahrq.gov/transformingquality. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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