Michigan Ranks Sixth in the Nation for Electronic Prescribing
- The State of Michigan ranked sixth in the nation for electronic prescribing by the organization, SureScripts. Electronic prescribing, or “e-prescribing”, is improves patient safety and quality.
- The Safe-Rx award is given annually by the nation’s community pharmacies to the top 10 e-prescribing states in the nation. States are ranked by the number of prescriptions routed electronically in 2006 as a percentage of the total number of prescriptions eligible for electronic routing. SureScripts was founded in 2001 to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of the overall prescribing process.
- The leader in e-prescribing in Michigan is the partnership of Health Alliance Plan and the 800-physician Henry Ford Medical Group for Henry Ford Health System. The initiative was launched in 2004 at the request of the Big Three automakers – General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler - to cut prescription costs and improve quality. Today, the entire medical group uses e-prescribing.
- The technology benefits patients who avoid potential complications due to drug interactions and saves money by using generics instead of brand name medications.
- More than 1.7 million prescriptions have been filled by Henry Ford physicians. More than 150,000 prescriptions have been changed or cancelled due to early detection of drug-to-drug interactions and more than 11,000 prescriptions changed or cancelled due to drug/allergy warnings.
- Available for interviews today to discuss the benefits of e-prescribing are: Matt Walsh, associate VP of purchaser initiatives at Health Alliance Plan; John Connors, M.D., Henry Ford Medical Center-Warren and Surjeet Singh, M.D., Henry Ford Medical Center-Livonia received Safe-Rx awards.
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Henry Ford Health System
Susan Schwandt, APR
Health Alliance Plan