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Vol. 9 No. 11, May 23, 2012

Fact and Stats

More than one-third of US prescriptions now are electronic, according to a new report from electronic prescribing network Surescripts. The report found that by the end of 2011, 36% of all prescriptions in the US were electronic, up from 22% in the previous year. The number of e-prescriptions issued increased from 326 million in 2010 to 570 million in 2011.

According to the report, 58% of office-based physicians were e-prescribing by the end of 2011. At that time, the report found that 55% of physician practices with six to 10 physicians were e-prescribing, 53% of practices with two to five physicians and 46% of solo practitioners were e-prescribing.

Of the physicians who started e-prescribing in 2008, up to 60% have met the Stage 1 meaningful use requirement for e-prescribing and about 38% would meet the proposed Stage 2 e-prescribing requirement if it were in effect, according to Surescripts.

Under the 2009 US federal economic stimulus package, healthcare providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

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Source: National Progress Report on e-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare 2011
Date: May 16, 2012

Around the World

Norwegian e-Health Professional Dr. Steinar Pedersen Receives HIMSS Europe Award for e-Health Leadership

South Australian Health’s Journey to e-Health

Lithuania Takes another Step towards an e-Health System

Denmark, England and Scotland at the Forefront of Telehealth, According to IPTS Study

News from Canada

Canada Health Infoway Announces Recipients of ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge Trailblazer Awards

Ontario Hospitals Collaborate to Expand Use of Electronic Medical Records


Eye Control for Smartphones, Tablets Wins European e-Health Challenge

Physician Violations of Online Professionalism and Disciplinary Actions: A National Survey of State Medical Boards

Liver Transplant: Patients Can Now Be Monitored from their Home

Health Bargain Hunters Use Websites to Cut Doctor Bills

Industry Speak

Agfa HealthCare Opens State-of-the-Art, Worldwide R&D Facility for Clinical Imaging IT Solutions Development

TELUS Earns Two-Year Contract Extension with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the Operation of the Health Network System

IMS MAXIMS Electronic Records System Donated to ‘Flagship’ Cancer Charity

Canadian Market Research

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Infoway Update

Find Out What’s New and Happening at Canada Health Infoway

Worth Noting

e-Health 2012 (Vancouver, Canada)

ICOST 2012 (Artimino, Italy)

World e-ID Congress 2012

CEATEC Japan 2012

VPH2012 (London, UK)

Health 2.0 Europe 2012 (Berlin, Germany)

itHealthcare Canada 2012

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