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e-Prescribing: The Electronic Transformation of Medicine

Author(s): Jack E. Fincham, PhD, RPh, Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • ISBN-13: 9780763754013
  • ISBN-10:0763754013
  • Paperback    185 pages      © 2009
Price: $105.95 US List
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Electronic transcribing of prescriptions, commonly termed e-prescribing, currently accounts for roughly 5-7% of physicians’ prescriptions.  Due to impending U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements set to be finalized and implemented by 2009, e-prescribing of prescriptions for 39 million Medicare Part D clients will be firmly established.  Hundreds of thousands of physicians’ offices will soon need to be electronically equipped to transfer prescriptions, which result in a major shift in how prescriptions are transmitted from physicians’ offices to pharmacies. 

The information you need is in this book.

e-Prescribing: The Electronic Transformation of Medicine will help health professionals adapt to and prepare for changes in electronic medical records and health information technology.  It provides a thorough summary of the key issues surrounding electronic prescribing in the U.S. by explaining the limits, cautions, and analyses necessary for successful implementation and patient satisfaction. The benefits and disadvantages of e-prescribing are presented, and the influence of e-prescribing on patients, pharmacists and physicians is detailed. This book also discusses the future of e-prescribing, focusing on how it will impact the health industry professionally and economically. Current systems for implementing e-prescribing are explored, as are the current software and hardware requirements, the global implementation of e-prescribing, and the components which could expedite the use of e-prescribing in the U.S.

A unique and instructional reference on electronic prescribing from A to Z, e-Prescribing: The Electronic Transformation of Medicine, also includes a glossary of terms and a complete listing of current and planned e-prescribing companies, technologies, and systems.

Features & Benefits

Details the advantages and disadvantages of e-prescribing.

Provides schematics which fully describe how e-prescribing works from the basic infrastructure through the application points i pharmacies and physicians’ offices.

Offers guidance on the current software providers. 

Discusses legal and regulatory issues in detail. 

Chapter 1: e-Prescribing Defined and Why e-Prescribing Denotes a “Sea Change” for Delivery of Medical Care and Processes

Chapter 2: Introduction to Electronic Media and Influences on Health and Medical Care

Chapter 3: e-Prescribing: What Is It and What Is It All About?

Chapter 4: The Enduring Experiential and Strategic Underpinning of e-Prescribing

Chapter 5: The Benefits of e-Prescribing

Chapter 6: What e-Prescribing Can Help Solve and What It Cannot Accomplish

Chapter 7: Current Examples of e-Prescribing Options and Your Practice

Chapter 8: The Impact of e-Prescribing on Pharmacists

Chapter 9: The Impact of e-Prescribing on Physicians

Chapter 10: The Impact of e-Prescribing on Patients

Chapter 11: What Do Physicians Need to Do Now?



Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Jack E. Fincham, PhD, RPh-Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Dr. Jack E. Fincham is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy, and was a Kellogg Pharmaceutical Clinical Scientist Fellow at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.   He completed a Post-Graduate Certificate Degree in Health Economics at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr. Fincham has researched varying topics pertaining to health economics, international health, patient compliance, public health, medication management, avoiding medication risks, the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit, and drug use in the elderly.  

Dr. Fincham has authored over 200 refereed and professional manuscripts published in over 50 journals, and has made over 200 professional and research presentations to allied health, dental, medical, information technology, nursing, pharmacy, and public health professional groups from Asia, Australia, Canada, the Republic of China, Europe, Turkey, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  Dr. Fincham has written ten books including: The Medicare Part D Drug Program: Making the Most of the Benefit, and an Everyday Guide to Managing Your Medicines both published by Jones & Bartlett Publishers.  He serves as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Prevention Education Resource Center (PERC sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

Dr. Fincham currently serves as Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Pharmacy; and as Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia, College of Public Health.   From 1994-2004, Dr. Fincham served as dean of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. 


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