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State Progress Report on Electronic Prescribing

PART 1: 2013 Safe-Rx

Data as of December 31, 2013
Introduction: This report summarizes statistics associated with the adoption and use of e-prescribing at the state level for years 2011 - 2013. The statistics contained
in this report have been compiled by Surescripts. In all 50 states, the Surescripts network enables standards-based connectivity and a broad range of health
information exchange.
Surescripts' annual Safe-Rx rankings measure the level of e-prescribing activity in each state and the District of Columbia. Rankings are calculated to reflect all three
critical steps in the e-prescribing process: total number of responses to requests for patient eligibility information as a percentage of total patient visits, total number of
responses to requests for patient medication history as a percentage of total patient visits, and the total number of prescriptions routed electronically to both retail and
mail order pharmacies (new prescriptions plus responses to prescription renewal requests) as a percentage of all prescriptions within a state that are able to be
submitted electronically.
PART 2: E-Prescribing Utilization
2011 2012 2013
Prescription Benefit Requests 1,210,744 2,922,144 4,355,601
Total Prescriptions Routed Electronically 1,260,004 1,971,884 2,873,328
Total Estimated Responses to Medication Requests 424,019 653,573 874,829
Rate of Response to Benefit Requests at Year-End 58.37% 60.11% 56.60%
Percentage of Total Prescriptions Represented by Renewal Response 19.08% 15.97% 16.68%
Utilization Percentages 2011 - 2013

State Progress Report on Electronic Prescribing
Data as of December 31, 2013
PART 3: E-Prescribing Adoption
2011 2012 2013
Physicians Routing E-Prescriptions at Year End
916 1,187 1,391
Community Pharmacies Activated for E-Prescribing at Year-End
190 201 205
Adoption Percentages 2011 - 2013

1. 2013 Safe-Rx calculations: Eligible prescriptions do not include preauthorized refills on existing prescriptions, because they do not
require communication between a physician and a pharmacist.
2. Percentages above 100% are due to multiple requests based on individual patient visits.
3. Total number of physicians per state sourced from SK&A. In addition to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants may
also e-prescribe in your state.
4. Pharmacy calculations use NCPDP supplied data showing total numbers of community pharmacies in each state.
Surescripts, 2014
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