Electronic prescribing (also known as e-prescribing) is the secure transmission via electronic means of prescriptions or prescription-related information between the prescriber, dispenser, pharmacy benefit manager and/or health plan.
E-prescribing can prevent medication errors by electronically checking prescriptions for dosage, interactions with other medications and therapeutic duplication. E-prescribers also can access information about their patients’ drug allergies.
Humana encourages physicians to prescribe medications electronically in order to reduce medication errors and increase patient safety. Electronic prescribing allows physicians to access Humana eligibility, formulary and medication history information at the point of care through Surescripts and other intermediaries, via Argus.
Why use electronic prescribing?
Electronic prescribing may improve patient safety, efficiency and consumer convenience.
The value of e-prescribing in preventing medication errors is that each prescription can be electronically checked at the time of prescribing for dosage, interactions with other medications and therapeutic duplication. Prescribers also have access to information on a patient’s drug allergies.
E-prescribing may improve quality and efficiency and reduce costs by:
- Promoting appropriate drug usage, such as following a medication regimen for a specific condition
- Providing information about formulary-based drug coverage, including formulary alternatives and copayment information
- Speeding up the process of refilling medications
E-prescribing capabilities are available from retail and mail-order pharmacies, including RightSource, Humana's mail-order pharmacy. Download the flier below to learn more about e-prescribing with RightSource. Other mail-order pharmacy options are available for Humana-covered patients.