Rockville, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) February 23, 2011
Concerned that legislation recently introduced in several states to limit e-prescribing features will hamper the safety and cost-savings benefits of the electronic service, eDoctor Inc. today joined the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) in opposing the drug-manufacturer sponsored effort.
The announcement was made by Se Kang, president of eDoctor Inc., a health IT company and designer of e-prescribing software, based in Rockville, MD.
Supporters of the limiting legislation, which would block e-prescribers from receiving third-party information about potentially dangerous drug interactions and alternative generic medications, are claiming a “privacy issue.” eDoctor’s Mr. Kang and other opponents, however, view it as an attempt by drug manufacturers to preserve market share at the expense of patients.
“State legislators need to ask themselves who is benefitting from this,” said Mr. Kang. “Clearly, it is not the physicians who are able to see drug interaction warnings and offer generic alternatives when they use e-prescribing systems. And it is certainly not the patients who have the benefit of choosing safer and more affordable medications.”
Dr. Chung Woo, M.D., medical adviser to eDoctor, Inc. agreed. “Doctors are increasingly noting the ease and efficiency with which they can move their practice to e-prescribing. Any roadblocks to the switch from paper and pen to e-prescribing are unnecessary and unfortunate,” Dr. Woo explained.
The e-prescribing framework was established in 2003 in the Medicare Modernization Act. Currently, 25-35% of independent practices, hospitals and healthcare systems use e-prescribing services, but that number is expected to spike dramatically in the next 18 – 24 months.
“This third-party information issue has never been raised before, and the timing may not be entirely coincidental” said Mr. Kang, who suggested the legislative effort may have been generated to coincide with the June 30, 2011 deadline for Medicare e-prescribing incentives, when a large number of medical practices are expected to convert.
About eDoctor, Inc.
eDoctor, Inc. is a healthcare IT company based in Rockville, Maryland. Its Healthcare IT Platform consists of cutting edge practice peripherals, including the industry’s most intuitive and efficient e-prescribing software, live data syncing, and other technology tools. http://www.edoctorinc.com