, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 461-464
Date: 19 Oct 2012

The National e-Prescribing Patient Safety Initiative

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Efforts to improve safety in the US healthcare system have been a focus of publicity for almost a decade, since the Institute of Medicine’s report ‘To Err is Human’ estimated that 98 000 deaths per year were due to medical errors.[11] Medication errors have been identified as a major source of preventable adverse outcomes. In recent years, electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) has been promoted as a tool to reduce medication errors, with additional potential to improve the efficiency of prescribing processes and control the costs of prescription drugs.

On January 16 2007, a group of healthcare organisations and technology companies announced the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI).[2] Under this new programme, web-based e-prescribing software (eRx NOW, developed by Allscripts) would be provided free of charge to any American physician or practice that requests it. The announcement generated considerable excitement and received widespread media coverage. Advocates ar