The rate of physicians who prescribe electronically has skyrocketed thanks to a pair of federal incentive programs, according to new statistics unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
As of this past April, e-prescribing rates via an electronic health record are up to 70 percent of all U.S. doctors since the passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) in December 2008 and the start of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2011. Prior to MIPPA’s passage, only 7 percent of U.S. providers used e-prescribing. By April 2014, 70 percent of physicians were e-prescribing using an EHR on the Surescripts network. This represents significant increases since the passage of MIPPA in December of 2008 (7%), and when the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs began (24%).