AHRQ toolsets aim to help docs and pharmacists with eRx
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two toolsets, one for small physician practices and one for independent pharmacies, meant to help support e-prescribing implementation.
Officials say the toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing and launching an e-prescribing system. Each set includes tailored advice on topics ranging from planning the implementation process, launching the system, troubleshooting common problems and navigating into more advanced practice and pharmacy services.
AHRQ's "A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices" seeks to offer practices the knowledge and resources to implement e-prescribing successfully. The toolset consists of 11 chapters that provide guidance on various topics – from building an implementation team to assessing vendors to planning for EHR transition – that can facilitate the process.
It also includes tools to support planning and decision-making, such as surveys to determine whether an organization is ready for e-prescribing, worksheets for planning and monitoring progress and templates for communicating the launch to patients.
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AHRQ's "A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Independent Pharmacies" is designed to better enable pharmacies to adopt e-prescribing. Its seven chapters offer guidance on topics – such as communicating the launch to providers and patients – related to the implementation process.
It also offers strategies to examine and assess pharmacy workflow, a spreadsheet to determine return-on-investment and more.
Find both toolsets and supporting tools at the AHRQ website.