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drchrono EHR logo
 
drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
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drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
 
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AdvancedMD is an integrated medical software suite for independent practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, telemedicine, rooming, reputation management, financial analytics and... Read More
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AdvancedMD is an integrated medical software suite for independent practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, telemedicine, rooming, reputation management, financial analytics and... Read More
 
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NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. Medical... Read More
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NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. Medical... Read More
 
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athenahealth is providing cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other... Read More
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athenahealth is providing cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other... Read More
 
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Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read More
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Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read More

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PrognoCIS by Bizmatics logo
 
PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
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PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
 
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Compulink Advantage is an integrated hybrid medical solution that provides medical service providers functionalities such as electronic health records (EHR), practice management, revenue cycle management, inventory management, optical... Read More
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Compulink Advantage is an integrated hybrid medical solution that provides medical service providers functionalities such as electronic health records (EHR), practice management, revenue cycle management, inventory management, optical... Read More
 
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In 1985, a chiropractor and software developer teamed up to create ECLIPSE, an ONC certified Complete EHR now used by thousands of providers nationwide. Designed for single practitioners, ECLIPSE is routinely used by multi-disciplinary... Read More
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In 1985, a chiropractor and software developer teamed up to create ECLIPSE, an ONC certified Complete EHR now used by thousands of providers nationwide. Designed for single practitioners, ECLIPSE is routinely used by multi-disciplinary... Read More
 
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Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family medicine,... Read More
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Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family medicine,... Read More
 
The Valant Behavioral Health EHR logo
 
Valant’s EHR for behavioral health offers tools for providers to streamline documentation, increase efficiency, and enhance the productivity of their practice or agency. The fully integrated suite includes secure patient records,... Read More
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Valant’s EHR for behavioral health offers tools for providers to streamline documentation, increase efficiency, and enhance the productivity of their practice or agency. The fully integrated suite includes secure patient records,... Read More

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CareCloud Charts is an integrated electronic health recording (EHR) solution offering collective benefits of EMR, practice management and medical billing services. The solution helps physicians to streamline clinical operations and... Read More
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CareCloud Charts is an integrated electronic health recording (EHR) solution offering collective benefits of EMR, practice management and medical billing services. The solution helps physicians to streamline clinical operations and... Read More
 
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Aprima EHR is designed to take advantage of mobile hardware including the Aprima Mobile smartphone app for tablets, touchscreens and smartphone devices. Aprima is suitable for physicians in primary care and more than 70 specialties... Read More
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Aprima EHR is designed to take advantage of mobile hardware including the Aprima Mobile smartphone app for tablets, touchscreens and smartphone devices. Aprima is suitable for physicians in primary care and more than 70 specialties... Read More
 
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Azalea Health offers a collection of medical solutions for a variety of specialties. Providing a cloud-based EHR, practice management software, revenue cycle management, and more, Azalea products bring together a practice's medical... Read More
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Azalea Health offers a collection of medical solutions for a variety of specialties. Providing a cloud-based EHR, practice management software, revenue cycle management, and more, Azalea products bring together a practice's medical... Read More
 
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Greenway Health’s ambulatory platform provides healthcare organizations with clinical, financial, and administrative tools and services. Intergy, part of the Greenway Health suite, is available as both a web-based and on-premise... Read More
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Greenway Health’s ambulatory platform provides healthcare organizations with clinical, financial, and administrative tools and services. Intergy, part of the Greenway Health suite, is available as both a web-based and on-premise... Read More
 
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eClinicalWorks is an integrated suite of electronic health records (EHR), practice management, patient engagement, tele-visits, population health, care coordination and analytics. On-premise and cloud based deployments are both available. eClinicalWorks... Read More
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eClinicalWorks is an integrated suite of electronic health records (EHR), practice management, patient engagement, tele-visits, population health, care coordination and analytics. On-premise and cloud based deployments are both available. eClinicalWorks... Read More

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ChiroTouch is an electronic health records (EHR) and practice management system designed specifically for small to midsize chiropractic practices. It combines electronic health records, billing, patient scheduling, outcomes assessments... Read More
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ChiroTouch is an electronic health records (EHR) and practice management system designed specifically for small to midsize chiropractic practices. It combines electronic health records, billing, patient scheduling, outcomes assessments... Read More
 
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EHR YOUR WAY is a behavioral health EHR that can be deployed on desktop and mobile cloud-based devices. The solution covers various aspects of behavioral health including inpatient and outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse,... Read More
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EHR YOUR WAY is a behavioral health EHR that can be deployed on desktop and mobile cloud-based devices. The solution covers various aspects of behavioral health including inpatient and outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse,... Read More
 
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NextGen Healthcare is cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) and practice management solution for small, midsize and large practices. It is designed for specialties including behavioral health, ophthalmic medicine, orthopedics,... Read More
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NextGen Healthcare is cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) and practice management solution for small, midsize and large practices. It is designed for specialties including behavioral health, ophthalmic medicine, orthopedics,... Read More
 
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AllegianceMD is a cloud-based medical software system that is designed to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The solution includes practice management functionality for billing and... Read More
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AllegianceMD is a cloud-based medical software system that is designed to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The solution includes practice management functionality for billing and... Read More
 
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RxNT offers a suite of cloud-based solutions including RxNT|EHR, RxNT|eRx, and RxNT|PM. These three solutions are available for purchase in standalone form or within an integrated suite and are accessible on any connected mobile device... Read More
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RxNT offers a suite of cloud-based solutions including RxNT|EHR, RxNT|eRx, and RxNT|PM. These three solutions are available for purchase in standalone form or within an integrated suite and are accessible on any connected mobile device... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: May 1, 2018


Everyone knows the old jokes about doctors having bad handwriting. They're funny because they're so often true. At the same time, they're not at all funny because bad handwriting actually leads to serious mistakes.

illegible medical alphabet

Illegible handwritten medication prescriptions are the subject of many funny-not-funny jokes

According to a 2006 study, covered by Time magazine, "Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people [...] and injures more than 1.5 million Americans [...]. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written in the U.S. every year."

As the number of prescriptions written annually keeps rising—up to nearly 4.5 billion in the US in 2016—it's clear that a solution to the problem is needed. Thankfully, a simple solution already exists. Dedicated prescription writing software is one tool in the vast family of medical software and is the subject of this Buyer's Guide. In it we cover:

What Is Prescription Writing Software?
Common Features of Prescription Writing Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Prescription Writing Software?

Prescription writing software is a group of dedicated applications and software platform add-ons that help doctors create, print, record and transmit prescriptions. Doctors and practices seeking broader functionality should begin their search by reading our medical software Buyer's Guide.

Pharmacy selection screen in NextGen Healthcare's prescription writing software feature

Pharmacy selection screen in NextGen Healthcare's integrated medical software platform

As the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine writes, "Medication administration is founded on what are termed the 'five rights'—the right drug, in the right dose, by the right route, at the right time, to the right patient."

That's a lot to get right! Prescription writing software helps get it all right every time, by helping health care providers avoid mistakes caused by oversights, transcription errors or just messy handwriting.

Common Features of Prescription Writing Software

While features vary considerably depending on whether the prescription writing software is used on its own or as part of a larger integrated suite of medical software, some common features to know about include the following:

Patient information Helps fill out prescriptions with patient information (name, address, date of birth etc.) obtained through integration with patient electronic health records (EHRs) or other digital records.
Drug search Lets prescribers search and select from a database of medication options, including those for over-the-counter (OTC) medications, drug nicknames and generic alternatives.
Medication history views With EHR integration, medication history views provide information on a patient's current and past prescription history.
Adverse interaction checks Helps prescribers stay on top of any potential drug interactions by checking for drug allergies and other contraindications.
E-prescribe Electronically transmit new prescriptions directly to a pharmacy or receive refill requests from a pharmacy.
One-click prescribing and refills More automated implementation of e-prescribe and one-click functions streamline the prescribing and refill processes.
EHR integrations General back-end functionality that supports many more advanced prescription writing software features, such as integration with medication histories.
Certifications Prescription writing software may be certified by a number of third-parties, including the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)

Certifications for Prescription Writing Software

There are many laws and regulations that govern how a health care provider can store, use and transmit information related to a patient's health. Importantly, these laws apply to the providers of health care, but not to the software they use. This means that if a practice uses software that runs afoul of these laws, then it's the practice that's on the hook and not the software vendor.

Thankfully, there are a number of groups and commissions that provide accreditations. One example, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) describes itself as a "nonprofit accrediting body designed to improve transactional quality, operational efficiency and data security in health care."

  

EHNAC accreditations available to prescribers, prescription writing software platforms and pharmacies

Regarding prescriptions specifically, EHNAC has accreditations for software, pharmacies and practices. Prescription writing software buyers can improve their chances at full compliance by looking for vendors that have these or similar accreditations.

Market Trends to Understand

Move toward mobile devices

It's no secret that the world is rapidly moving toward digitalization. From online learning to online appointment scheduling and everything in between, new uses for digital communications are unfolding almost daily. In the health care sphere, the move to electronic health records (EHRs) is one of the most obvious manifestations of this larger trend.

In a previous survey, Software Advice learned that health care providers use a variety of devices to access and input information to EHRs:

Device Used to Access EHRs

 

Device Used to Access EHRs

Interestingly, though a majority reported using desktop computers, those using mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) actually reported a higher level of satisfaction:

Satisfaction With EHR, by Device Type Used

 

Satisfaction With EHR, by Device Type Used

While many offices have implemented desktop/laptop computers into their workflows, the evidence suggests they'd be more satisfied if they made the switch to mobile devices. Buyers of prescription writing software should take this into consideration and look for software with good mobile device compatibility.

Digitalization opens door to better health outcomes

Much of the discussion about the benefits of prescription writing software focuses on efficiency and error prevention. While clearly important, there are other benefits worth noting. Namely, many of the medical world's up-and-coming advancements will be most readily available to practices that have embraced digital technologies in their workflows.

Look at genomics-based drug selection as one example. In the report "Predicts 2017: Healthcare Providers Take a Step Toward Digital Business" (available to Gartner clients), Richard Gibson notes that:

  • An increasing number of drugs can be predicted to be ineffective or toxic, based on a person's genomics.
  • Avoiding ineffective drugs leads to use of other, better medications and faster patient recovery.

But how will prescribers find the time to weigh all these additional factors? They won't need to. Instead, prescription writing software will work quietly behind the scenes and offer medication suggestions that the evidence has shown to work most effectively with particular markers in that patient's genome.

That's just one example, but it's a good one. It shows how transitioning now to a digital practice will open up opportunities down the road.

 

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