SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Mercy Hospital is implementing a quicker and safer way for doctors to submit prescriptions for narcotics to pharmacies. The system is called e-prescribe. It used to only be used for non-controlled substances
Doctors enter a prescription through the computer that is received by pharmacies instead of providing patients with paper prescriptions.
Once the prescription has been sent over, doctors have to verify they placed it through their smart phones or watch.
The process saves time for patients and prevents a patient from doctor shopping, but that’s only if pharmacies are a part of the mercy system.
Dr. Brian Swenson explains why the e-prescribe system is so important.
“I think it’s critical. It’s very important that narcotics not be over prescribed or be overly available or particularly in cases where their providers don’t think that the patient should be having them or circumstances where again patients or some individuals would go to multiple providers in order to get prescriptions from multiple different people,” says Dr. Swenson.
Dr. Swenson also says that work is being done on a state wide level for all pharmacies regardless if there in the mercy system, to be able to track prescriptions electronically.