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Alabama Medicaid Physicians Adopt E-Prescribing

A new e-prescribing capability that allows Alabama Medicaid physicians to electronically send an accurate and easy-to-understand prescription directly to pharmacies is helping the state agency move toward its goal of providing better healthcare at a lower cost.

Based on technology developed by Affiliated Computer Services, Inc, the new capability is part of QTool, a Web-based electronic health record and clinical support tool developed by ACS to support Alabama Medicaid’s initiative to build a statewide electronic health information system. Approximately 150 Medicaid-enrolled physicians are pilot testing QTool in nine Alabama counties: Calhoun, Houston, Lamar, Jefferson, Montgomery, Pickens, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, and Winston.

E-prescribing allows participating physicians to consult a patient’s medical history, check the agency’s preferred drug list, enter the prescription, and securely transmit it to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice. Additionally, e-prescribing provides added protection to patients by displaying key alerts such as drug interaction, excessive dose, and allergy warnings to notify the physician prior to completing the e-prescription. The patient can then pick up the medicine at the pharmacy without the need for a paper prescription.

In addition to e-prescribing, physicians can view information on patients’ emergency department, hospital, and doctor visits, lab tests, and medications. QTool also has built-in alerts that notify the physician when asthma and diabetes patients need special tests or care.

Source: Affiliated Computer Services, Inc