Healthcare IT leaders kick off government’s e-prescribing drive
With the first phase of Medicare’s mandate for e-prescribing rolling out in January, healthcare IT leaders, led by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, gathered Tuesday in Boston to jumpstart the initiative.
“We know it saves lives, we know it saves money, and it’s time to implement it.”
Leavitt tied the nation’s current economic crisis to the rising costs of healthcare and noted that going electronic with prescriptions helps provide cost-savings for patients, doctors and the entire healthcare system.
“It’s an economic imperative in this country,” he said.