AMA unveils ePrescribing online learning center

By Chelsey Ledue
11:49 AM

The American Medical Association has launched an online learning center to provide physicians with information and tools to make informed decisions about electronic prescribing (ePrescribing).
“The AMA’s new ePrescribing learning center takes the guesswork out of the decision-making process by giving physicians all the tools they need to decide what system is best for their practice,” said AMA Board Chairman Joseph M. Heyman, MD. “At the end of last year about 13 percent of physicians were prescribing electronically, but with the incentives available through Medicare's ePrescribing incentive program and this new AMA resource, I’m certain that percentage will increase."
The new online learning center includes:

  • complete information on ePrescribing vendor prices and features;
  • calculators to estimate time savings and determine Medicare ePrescribing incentive payments;
  • the latest information on federal and state programs offering ePrescribing incentives;
  • and readiness and planning tools to map out an implementation plan.

Additional resources like “A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing,” frequently asked questions about Medicare’s new ePrescribing incentive program and an ePrescribing practice readiness survey can be downloaded from the learning center.

While many aspects of the learning center are available exclusively to AMA members, all visitors can access some educational information and tools needed to get started on ePrescribing.

“The benefits of ePrescribing are widely recognized and include a significant reduction in the risk of medication errors and drug interactions,” said Heyman. “This new learning center will help physicians navigate through the ePrescribing adoption process so they can easily begin using this technology and prepare their practice for future technology like an electronic health record system.”