Massachusetts tops list of states in e-prescribing; Vermont, Tennessee take most improved

Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescribing network, announced yesterday that Massachusetts ranks highest in the nation when it comes to e-prescribing.

According to the Boston Globe, Surescripts said in a report on prescriptions sent over its network, in Massachusetts 1 in 5 prescriptions were routed electronically from doctors to pharmacies in 2008. In Massachusetts, that represents 6.7 million orders transmitted electronically. Since the rankings began for 2006, Massachusetts has been in first place and Rhode Island has been second, with an e-prescribing level of 17 percent for 2008. Vermont was the most improved state, moving from 31st to 14th when its percentage climbed from under 1 percent to 4.7 percent.

(SOURCES: HCPro Patient Safety Monitor, http://hcpro.com, June 24, 2009, The Boston Globe, http://boston.com, accessed July 6, 2009)