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New Approaches Seek to Promote E-Rxs

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Approaches Seek to Promote E-Rxs

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In an ongoing effort to boost the use of electronic medical records, technology vendors are finding more ways to make it easier for physicians to use them. Aiming directly at tech-sawy doctors, Zix Corp. has developed a new version of its Pocket-Script solution for smart phones-cell phones like Verizon's Samsung i730 Smartphone that also function as PDAs (personal digital assistants). Details can be found at www. zixcorp.com.

Other companies are hoping that free access to e-prescribing tools will encourage adoption. Caremark will offer iScribe hardware, software, and online tools for free to 10,000 prescribing physicians in seven states. NaviMedix, on the other hand, will offer free e-prescription renewals. The offer is extended to NaviMedix's more than 150,000 providers or any physicians within the company's national service area.

Local initiatives are also pushing e-prescribing. According to a report in Dover, N.H.-based Foster's Daily Democrat, New Hampshire governor John Lynch and the Citizens Health Initiative have set out to get all physicians and pharmacies in the state to use e-prescribing by 2008. In Franklin County, Maine, the Franklin Community Health Network has selected DrFirst Rcopia electronic-prescribing system following a successful test at a local practice.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Asteres its first patent for the ScriptCenter automated retail pharmacy pick-up machine. The ScriptCenter kiosk allows consumers to pick up and pay for their prescriptions even when the pharmacy is closed. To find out more, visit www.asteres.com. Meanwhile, Rite Aid announced the installation of a ScriptCenter in its Norberth, Pa., pharmacy. Rite Aid claims to be "the first chain drugstore in the East with this new service."

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