Chicago - Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Illinois announced that it plans to expand its e-prescribing initiative throughout Illinois. This follows on a plan BCBS announced in January in which the Anthem BCBS group would expand the effort in Ohio. 

The e-prescribing plan provides real-time prescription support to physicians, including access to formularies, drug-drug and drug-allergy alerts, and a patient's medication history including medications prescribed by physicians outside of the practice. 

BCBS says the Illinois e-prescribing collaborative is the first of its kind in the nation, as insurers, technology vendors, pharmacies, employer groups, physicians and other organizations involved in the prescription process are working together to increase the use of e-prescribing. 

The organizations involved in this ground-breaking collaborative are the health plans and pharmacies in Illinois, Midwest Business Group on Health, Chicago Patient Safety Forum, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, Illinois chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Foundation for Quality Healthcare, Illinois State Medical Society, Midwest Business Group on Health, Illinois Healthcare and Family Services, Illinois Hospital Association, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Source: PRNewswire

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