Lousy sales pitch

Can e-prescribing change physicians’ prescribing habits in a way that saves the health care system a lot of money?  In a word, “No”.  At least that’s what a study reported by Kristina Fiore at MedPage Today suggests:

In their study, e-prescribing with formulary decision support accounted for 20% of total prescriptions. At that level, the technology could result in annual savings of $845,000 per 100,000 patients, the researchers said.

But higher levels of e-prescribing would increase the savings. Projected savings could be $3.91 million per 100,000 patients per year, they added.

So low-level e-prescribing will save $8.45 per patient per year but high-level e-prescribing will save $39 per patient per year?  I’m all for e-prescribing, but as far as the cost-saving argument goes, color me unimpressed.

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