The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to survey physicians and pharmacists about their electronic-prescribing habits to determine how those features are being used.
While e-prescribing has the potential to improve patient safety, physician adoption has been limited, AHRQ said in a notice in the Federal Register. The two-year survey will collect information from physicians and pharmacies in 110 organizations across 12 communities that are using e-prescribing, and ask providers their perspectives on those systems as well as how they use patient formulary data and other third-party information.
The communities are part of a tracking study that has been ongoing since the mid-1990s by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The center will conduct the study on AHRQ's behalf under a contract.