Electronic prescriptions among U.S. office-based prescribers increased 71 percent to 326 million in 2010, compared with 190 million the previous year, according to an annual progress report from e-prescribing network vendor Surescripts.
- Six large mail order pharmacies and 91 percent of community pharmacies were able to receive e-prescriptions at the end of 2010,
- The number of e-prescribers between the end of 2008–before the meaningful use program–and the end of 2010 increased by 216 percent, to 234,000 from 74,000.
- Physicians with the highest e-prescribing adoption rates are cardiologists (49 percent) and family practitioners (47 percent), and
- Small- and mid-sized practices now are adopting e-prescribing at a higher rate than larger practices, with a 42 percent adoption rate for smaller organizations, only 2 percent lower than larger practices.