Dental ePrescribing: Why and What to Expect

Electronic prescribing is a safer, more reliable way to connect patients to medications. Electronic prescriptions reduce handwriting errors, improve speed for patient medication pick-up, reduce fraud and prescription tampering, and reduce lost or unfilled prescriptions. Most importantly they reduce your liability by doing real time drug-drug and drug-allergy checking.

As one dentist has pointed out, electronic prescriptions mean that a dental practice can spend less time faxing and calling in prescriptions. Patient formulary eligibility is typically part of the eRX system, which means that time spent figuring out eligibility or alternate medications is reduced. Electronic prescriptions are becoming standard in the US, with some states such as New York beginning to mandate that dental and medical professionals  use electronic prescriptions.

Electronic prescribing (eRX) can be done on a standalone basis or integrated into a dental practice’s EHR. Here is an example of how one dental vendor Dentimax integrates an eRX solution, Dr, First into their EHR


Lessons Learned:

  • Electronic dental prescription software increases efficiency with medication management and reduces prescription fraud and abuse
  • Some electronic prescription software allows for formulary checking and reduces liability with drug- drug drug-allergy interactions.
  • Different dental EHR vendors have different eRX products to meet dental practice needs.

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