E-Prescribing Enrollment Increases in Michigan | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

E-Prescribing Enrollment Increases in Michigan

April 3, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The Steering Committee of the Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI) announced its initiative to get physicians in the southeast Michigan area to use handheld devices to more safely and efficiently prescribe medications has reached more than 7,500 physicians in the area. Overall, this was a 33 percent increase from a year ago.

Moreover, those physicians have submitted more than 40 million electronic prescriptions since the program began in 2005. The initiative was launched by a coalition that includes automakers Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Group LLC, as well as the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Medical Group, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., CVS Caremark Corporation and Catalyst Rx.

It also aims to help doctors with training and a support system to help integrate ePrescribing into their practice. SEMI physicians, the organization reports, routinely surpass one million prescriptions each month. In addition, the organization says physicians received nearly 923,000 medication allergy alerts, resulting in more than 250,000 (or 27 percent) of those prescriptions being changed or canceled by the prescribing doctor;

"My colleague and I use ePrescribing for nearly all of the medications we prescribe for our patients, and it has significantly reduced the time we spend writing prescriptions. We spend less time on phone calls related to the medications we prescribe, and it has made it easier for our office staff to manage refills for our patients," Dr. Kevin Frankel, a family practitioner in Oakland Southfield Physicians, PC, and SEMI participant., said in a statement "This technology also helps us better understand what our patients are taking, and if they are using their medications properly and as often as they should, which leads to better care and fewer errors -both of which are valuable features for our busy practice."



Appalachia Project to Study Relationship Between Increased Broadband Access, Improved Cancer Care

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute have joined forces to focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

Survey: By 2019, 60% of Medicare Revenues will be Tied to Risk

Medical groups and health systems that are members of AMGA (the American Medical Group Association) expect that nearly 60 percent of their revenues from Medicare will be from risk-based products by 2019, according to the results from a recent survey.

83% of Physicians Have Experienced a Cyber Attack, Survey Finds

Eighty-three percent of physicians in a recent survey said that they have experienced some sort of cyber attack, such as phishing and viruses.

Community Data Sharing: Eight Recommendations From San Diego

A learning guide focuses on San Diego’s experience in building a community health information exchange and the realities of embarking on a broad community collaboration to achieve better data sharing.

HealthlinkNY’s Galanis to Step Down as CEO

Christina Galanis, who has served as president and CEO of HealthlinkNY for the past 13 years, will leave her position at the end of the year.

Email-Related Cyber Attacks a Top Concern for Providers

U.S. healthcare providers overwhelmingly rank email as the top source of a potential data breach, according to new research from email and data security company Mimecast and conducted by HIMSS Analytics.