This is an interesting article tackling some of the issues with implementing new IT procedures for the pharmacy industry. It seems generally agreed upon that some of these initiatives will help curb prescription drug abuse. The problem seems to be rolling out these plans and getting them widely adopted.
If health technology is ever going to achieve the goal of lowering the rates of prescription drug abuse, developers and policy makers will have to do more to encourage adoption of electronic prescribing systems among healthcare providers.
In a panel discussion here at a recent health IT conference, experts agreed that e-prescribing tools can help curb abuse of controlled substances by limiting drug diversion and doctor shopping, as well as cracking down on physicians who prescribe drugs for non-medical purposes.
But that’s only if those systems are put in use, and so far adoption has lagged for a variety of reasons.