E-prescribing assistance arrives from AHRQ

The federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans has come forward with toolsets designed to support e-prescribing for physicians and pharmacists.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) said the physician toolset can be used by a diverse range of provider organizations from small, independent offices to large medical groups.

Officials said the toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing and launching an e-prescribing system. Each set includes tailored advice on topics ranging from planning the implementation process, launching the system, troubleshooting common problems and navigating into more advanced practice and pharmacy services.

AHRQ's "A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices" consists of 11 chapters that provide guidance on various topics – from building an implementation team to assessing vendors to planning for EHR transition – that can facilitate the process.

It also includes tools to support planning and decision-making, such as surveys to determine whether an organization is ready for e-prescribing, worksheets for planning and monitoring progress, and templates for communicating the launch to patients.

AHRQ's "A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Independent Pharmacies" is designed to better enable pharmacies to adopt e-prescribing. Its seven chapters offer guidance on topics – such as communicating the launch to providers and patients – related to the implementation process.

It also offers strategies to examine and assess pharmacy workflow, a spreadsheet to determine return-on-investment and more.

Find both toolsets and supporting tools at the AHRQ website.