Frequently Asked Questions
Physicians are not routinely responsible for knowing where their patients want to pick up prescriptions. Isn't that going to be extra work for my practice?
Yes, but there are ways to minimize the extra work. For example, many practices ask their patients to identify their preferred pharmacy and then set that as the default in the system. Also, the preferred pharmacy can be entered by your front office staff when the patient is checking in for a visit, and quickly verified at each visit. The key is to have the preferred pharmacy identified prior to generating a prescription so the prescriber does not have to complete this task.
My nurse often takes verbal orders from me and writes prescriptions on my behalf. Does ePrescribing support that workflow?
Yes. Most ePrescribing systems allow the practice to assign roles and authorization levels. The nurse in this example would be assigned sufficient authority to key in and transmit prescriptions on behalf of the prescribing physician. The name of the nurse as well as the prescriber would be included in the prescription record.