Should Prescribers Be Able To Use E-Prescribing Technology for Controlled Substances?


Ninety-three percent of health IT professionals surveyed believe that clinicians should be able to use electronic prescribing technology to prescribe controlled substances, according to a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey.

Four percent of respondents said that clinicians should not be able to use e-prescribing technology for controlled substances, while 3% said they did not know whether prescribers should be allowed to electronically prescribe controlled substances.

One-third of survey respondents said that the Drug Enforcement Administration's recent interim final rule addressing e-prescribing for controlled substances would significantly increase the use of e-prescribing, while 55% said the interim final rule would slightly increase e-prescribing. Seven percent of survey respondents said DEA's interim final rule would have no impact on e-prescribing, while 2% said it would contribute to a decrease in the use of e-prescribing.

Results are based on a June 2010 online survey of 483 health IT professionals.

Source: HIMSS, "Use of E-Prescribing"

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