Sanford Health Leads the Way in E-prescribing Technology

Sanford Health patients and physicians are taking full advantage of the electronic prescription element of its docZ electronic health record (EHR) system.

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Health patients and physicians are taking full advantage of the electronic prescription element of its docZ electronic health record (EHR) system. In the brief time frame since adopting e-prescribing, Sanford Clinic physicians are fast becoming one of the country’s top users of the electronic technology. Across the Sanford Health system, physicians routinely submit more than 9,000 e-prescriptions per week and nearly 40,000 per month, elevating Sanford into one of the top two health organizations using to the service.

"Surescripts operates the country’s largest electronic prescribing network, and they tell us that Sanford physicians have the second highest number of e-prescriptions per prescriber in the country," stated Dan Heinemann, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Health.  "We are proud our physicians are using the latest technology to issue prescriptions even more safely and efficiently."  The e-prescribing system allows doctors to issue prescriptions to pharmacies at the touch of a button, eliminating the need to fax or send handwritten prescriptions. Using e-prescribing is more efficient and increases patient safety by allowing physicians to clearly type prescriptions into the docZ system. The prescriptions are then sent directly to a computer at the pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

"Everyone wins with e-prescribing, but the instantaneous interaction between physicians and pharmacists benefits our patients most of all because of the decreased likelihood of prescription error," added Heinemann.

Currently, 175 Sanford Clinic providers are using e-prescribing with more to be added before the end of the year.

About docZ
Through Sanford Health's electronic health records (EHR) system, named docZ, stores all of a patient's personal health information is in one place, eliminating the need for redundant questions and additional paperwork. It makes processes more efficient and allows caregivers to focus more time on their patients. docZ stores patient information from physician clinics and hospitals in one integrated EHR. In addition, Sanford Health is implementing My Sanford Chart, which gives Sanford patients direct, online access to portions of their EHR. Lab results, appointment information, medications, immunizations and more are all securely stored for quick reference.