Key to diagnosis info on e-Rx is that it’s optional

– In response to Joseph Conn’s two-part series (Access parts one and two) on policies regarding diagnosis on electronic prescriptions:
It is true that the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology’s 2008 criteria for ambulatory electronic health records requires that a healthcare provider “has the option of including the patient’s diagnosis on the prescription” but the word “option” is the key to this criteria. Including the name of the condition being treated is sometimes required to comply with state formulary restrictions or to help the patient and their family know which medication is for what. So “having the option” makes sense for patient care.

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