Minnesota Leads U.S. States for E-Prescribing, Surescripts Finds

Minnesota had the highest rate of electronic prescribing activity among U.S. states in 2011, according to the annual Safe-Rx Awards announced Tuesday by electronic prescribing network Surescripts, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 7/31).

Surescripts' Safe-Rx Awards are based on a nationwide analysis of e-prescribing activity by physicians, pharmacies and health insurers in each state (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 7/31).

E-Prescribing in Minnesota

Surescripts found that Minnesota prescribers electronically routed 61% of prescriptions in 2011, more than any other state. The state's first place ranking for this year's Safe-Rx Awards is a significant jump from its 11th place ranking in last year's awards (Health Data Management, 7/31).

Harry Totonis -- president and CEO of Surescripts -- said Minnesota has made impressive gains in all three components of e-prescribing adoption and use:

  • Prescription routing;
  • Use of benefit information; and
  • Use of medication history (Healthcare IT News, 7/31).

According to Health Data Management, Minnesota's growth in e-prescribing activity was driven by a state e-prescribing mandate that took effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Although the mandate has no enforcement mechanisms or penalties for noncompliance, the state has worked with stakeholders to raise awareness about the requirement (Health Data Management, 7/31).

Other Top Finishers

Following Minnesota, the other states that ranked in the top 10 for e-prescribing activity are:

  • Massachusetts;
  • South Dakota;
  • Delaware;
  • New Hampshire;
  • Iowa;
  • North Carolina;
  • Maine;
  • Vermont; and
  • Michigan (Healthcare IT News, 7/31).

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