A new Minnesota Law (Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.497) takes effect on January 1, 2011 and requires dentists to send patient prescriptions electronically to pharmacies. E-prescribing (sending prescriptions electronically from the prescriber to a pharmacy) is relatively new to dentistry, but this system has been used by physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies for years. Sending electronic prescriptions is simple, fast, and reliable. Using this method is more accurate (reducing prescription errors) and provides an extra measure of safety for your patients. The overall result is improved healthcare with a reduction in cost.
The mandate does not immediately require electronic prescribing, but instead necessitates a genuine effort by all prescribers and pharmacies to form a plan that accomplishes electronic prescriptions within a reasonable timeframe. Dentists in Minnesota can continue using traditional methods (written prescription and voice mail to a pharmacy) when prescribing medications for patients as long as the dentist has a plan in place for compliance with the electronic prescription mandate. The best immediate solution is a prescription writing module that integrates to the dentist’s existing office software. The eventual solution is an electronic health record (EHR) that allows a broad communication of patient data, transference of records and information, and electronic prescribing of medications between all health care providers who share treatment of a single individual.
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