Detroit — Insurers have been pushing the use of electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) technology for years, but physicians have been hesitant. However, recent survey results show physicians may be more amenable to the idea. The survey of 500 physician practices that have participated in a three-year pilot program demonstrates that a large majority of doctors and their staff who use the technology believe it enables them to practice safer and better medicine.

According to the survey conducted by Media, Pa.-based Haldy McIntosh & Associates for the Southeastern Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI)—a broad coalition that includes General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC, the United Auto Workers (UAW), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Medical Group, Medco Health Solutions Inc., CVS Caremark Corp., RxHub LLC and SureScripts—three out of four prescribers believe strongly that e-prescribing improves safety for their patients, and nearly 70% say it improves the quality of care.

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