The NEPSI Challenge: Who Gets the Data?

The National E Prescribing Patient Safety Initiative, press release here is an e-prescribing juggernaut aimed at providing ‘free’ e-prescribing for all doctors. ‘…The challenge, according to the eHealth Initiative, is that fewer than 1 in 5 of the nation�s practicing physicians currently process prescriptions electronically. Studies indicate that most physicians have been reluctant to adopt electronic prescribing largely because of the cost of the systems, and a perception that the technology requires too much time to learn and install. NEPSI will help address those barriers by providing physicians simple, safe and secure electronic prescribing at no cost…’ This initiative raises a number of questions currently not answered: Who gets the e-prescribing data? Is this really free? What is in it for Allscripts?

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