AHRQ releases tool set to enable e-prescribing among independent pharmacies

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in May released a tool set designed to assist pharmacies in adopting electronic prescribing.

"E-prescribing will allow your pharmacy to receive electronic prescriptions directly into your pharmacy software system and will allow refill requests to be sent electronically from your pharmacy to the prescribers' software," the agency stated.

The tool set includes specific tools to support planning and launching e-prescribing, such as templates for communicating the launch to providers and patients, tools to examine and assess pharmacy workflow, and a spreadsheet to determine return on investment. The tool set consists of seven chapters that provide guidance on topics ranging from planning the implementation process and launching the system to troubleshooting common problems and moving into more advanced pharmacy services.

A download of the tool set is available here.

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