Promoting E-prescribing Project
Objective: To accelerate the use of E-prescribing by: 1) adopting guiding principles that define and encourage a patient role, 2) promoting various ongoing initiatives supportive of those principles, 3) disseminating information to patients about the potential benefits of E-prescribing.
Summary: This project will encourage the use of E-prescribing by adopting guiding principles that define and encourage a patient role, and promoting various initiatives supportive of those principles. The project will involve a two-tiered effort to accelerate the adoption of E-prescribing. An initial phase of research and discussion will yield a draft set of guiding principles that can be used to establish a baseline standard for E-prescribing. This standard may exist as a novel set of principles defined by the working group, it may be adopted entirely from existing efforts, or it may represent a combination of both existing and novel ideas. The second phase will involve a public education campaign to education consumers about the benefits of E-prescribing.
SOS Rx convened a joint meeting in September 2004 with eHealth Initiative and SOS Rx representatives on exploring how to engage patients in promoting E-prescribing (see participant list below). The objective of the meeting was to identify, from a clinical and systems perspectives, how to make the case to consumers that they should care about E-prescribing. The group was tasked with identifying strategies for engaging consumers in this issue. A public education campaign will be developed based in part on these strategies identified by SOS Rx and its partners. The campaign will educate consumers on the benefits of E-prescribing as well as their roles as health care consumers in advancing its use.
Jan March 2004: Identify attendees for the sub-group meeting; establish time and date for meeting; conduct preliminary review of E-prescribing initiatives and prepare an initial list; develop draft of guiding principles for E-prescribing.
April May 2004: Convene working group meeting and discuss guiding principles; revise principles document as necessary; conduct further research on E-prescribing initiatives; develop initial side-by-side comparison of all initiatives.
June September 2004: Convene joint meeting with EHI to examine patient role in E-prescribing and explore ways to engage patients in promoting E-prescribing. Draft meeting summary. Participate in NCVHS hearings
October December 2004: Begin development of stakeholder education campaign. Participate in NCVHS hearings.
January March 2005: Continue development of stakeholder education campaign, seek funding, collaborate with EHI on support for campaign
March December 2005: Continue to represent the patient perspective on E-prescribing as requested in appropriate forums, continue to seek funding for campaign
Jan March 2006: Continue to represent the patient perspective on E-prescribing as requested in appropriate forums, continue to seek funding for campaign, collaborate with EHI on support for campaign
Budget: SOS Rx has initial funding from Express Scripts to host expert meeting(s), and perform initial stakeholder education and outreach. Additional funds will be sought to advance the selected strategy for promoting E-prescribing.
SOS Rx E-Prescribing Work Group
Tom Clark/Carla Saxton, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Jill Pierce, American Medical Womens Association
Fran Cunningham, Veterans Administration
Chunlui Zahn, AHRQ
Daniel Cobaugh, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Donald DeGroff , Department of Defense
Ed Weisbart, ESI
Eleni Anagnostiadis, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Laurie Feinberg, CMS
Tammy Lewis, SureScripts
Ann Smith, Medco
David Loh, National Patient Safety Foundation
Laura Blum/Patricia Kurtz, JCAHO
Phil Rothermich, ESI
Barbara Lewis, AstraZeneca
Gwen Lohse, Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare
Jeff Kramer, Verizon
Ellen Sharaga, Group Health Insurance
John Miller, MidAtlanic Business Group on Health
Will Lang, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
SOS Rx eHealth Initiative Joint Meeting
September 15, 2004
How to Engage Patients in Promoting Electronic Prescribing
National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy
American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy
Ross Martin (by phone)
The Markle Foundation
Agency for Healthcare Research