Privacy of behavioral-health records helps patients avoid social stigma and discrimination.
Health information technology now provides easy, real-time
access to high-quality data and decision support to link patient care
with the information needed to improve outcomes.
Electronic transmission of prescriptions has the potential to reduce mistakes.
There is still work to be done to reduce or eliminate “alert fatigue.”
Many records kept in pharmacies meet the definition of protected health
information; hence, pharmacy systems must satisfy HIPAA standards for
privacy and security.
Only true computer-to-computer electronic data interchange using a nationally accepted standard is defined as genuine e-prescribing.
This new column focuses on the electronic revolution and its potential for shaping the pharmacist's role in providing quality care.
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