E-prescribing offers the ability to provide the kind of knowledge currently missing for most physicians in a hospital setting – e.g. drug interactions with current meds the patient is on, information about any supplements or herbal medicines they may use and a complete history of drug allergies and reactions. With e-prescribing the doctor would have an instant result to refer to instead of relying on anecdotal evidence given by the patient. This would also mean nothing would be second-guessed as the complete medical history is present immediately.
E-prescribing allows doctors to select the right drugs for their patients, takes into account the person’s medication history and allergies, reduces the chances of a bad drug reaction, gives the cost of the drug(s) along with viable alternatives and also indicates if the patient’s insurance covers a recommended drug.