ONC examined changes in rates of physician e-prescribing, pharmacy capability to accept e-prescriptions and the volume of e-prescriptions, at the national and state level between December 2008 and June 2012.
Some of the findings include:In December 2008, 7% of physicians in the U.S. were e-prescribing using an EHR; by June 2012, almost half (48%) of physicians were e-prescribing using an EHR on the Surescripts network. As of June 2012, twenty-three states had more than half of their physicians e-prescribing. States that had the highest growth in percent of physicians e-prescribing using an EHR include New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota from December 2008-June 2012. Massachusetts (77%), New Hampshire (74%), and Iowa (73%) had the highest rate of physicians e-prescribing through an EHR. From December 2008 to June 2012, nineteen states increased the percent of physicians e- prescribing through an EHR by 50% or more. The growth in e-prescribing has not been limited to physicians. In the same period, the percent of community pharmacies enabled to accept e-prescriptions grew from 76% to 94%. Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas had the largest increases in community pharmacies enabled to accept e- prescriptions. The vast majority of pharmacies are enabled to accept e-prescriptions in Rhode Island (97%), Delaware (98%), and Nevada (96%).