April 27, 2007 11:47 ET

OhioHealth Adopts New ePrescribing System for All of Its 2,300 Physicians

System Could Mark the End of Paper Prescriptions

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 27, 2007 -- OhioHealth, in partnership with RxNT, announced today the introduction of a new system at OhioHealth facilities for "ePrescribing" services for all OhioHealth physicians. The ePrescribing tool allows physicians to securely submit electronic prescriptions wirelessly to retail and mail order pharmacies nationwide. Just as importantly, it allows pharmacies to communicate back to the physicians.

"The days of leaving your doctor's office with a handful of paper prescriptions are gone," said Rebecca DiSalvo, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for OhioHealth. "Even before leaving the exam room, your physician will be able to electronically send prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice from a desktop PC or wireless PDA. This will change everything."

The benefits of electronic prescribing have been documented through case studies and include increased office efficiency, increased formulary compliance, increased patient care, improved cost efficiencies and reduced errors caused by illegible writing and inadvertent drug interactions.

"We no longer have to worry about whether the pharmacist can read the physicians' hand-writing," says Sanford Melmed, MD, an Internal Medicine physician at Grant Medical Center. "It's all digital. I can't imagine there will be many doctors out there who will not jump on [RxNT] once they see how effectively it improves patient safety and convenience and decreases the hassle-factor that can be involved in prescription writing."

The RxNT system will connect to the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange™, operated by SureScripts®, which facilitates the secure, electronic transmission of new prescriptions and refill requests between physicians and pharmacists. Today, more than 95 percent of all pharmacies in the United States are certified to connect to the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange.

Benefits of the RxNT system include: Pocket PC and Palm OS functionality for mobile prescribers, a comprehensive drug database, real-time patient specific formularies and prescription claims medication history, drug and allergy interactions, access to more than 65,000 retail and mail order pharmacies nationwide and HIPAA compliant interfaces to many of the popular practice management systems. Additionally, the RxNT system allows practitioners to receive electronic refill-requests from local pharmacies.

The system is now up and running and available for all OhioHealth physicians.

"With today's announcement, OhioHealth becomes one of the first major health systems in the country and just the second in Ohio to make electronic prescribing available to all of its physicians," said Kate Berry, senior vice president of business development for SureScripts. "We applaud OhioHealth's commitment to improving the quality of the prescription process for the patients they care for in Central Ohio."

About OhioHealth

Named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies To Work For in 2007," OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 15 hospitals, 20 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 46-county area. OhioHealth hospitals in central Ohio are Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital and Dublin Methodist Hospital (to open January 8, 2008.) For more information about OhioHealth, please visit our Web site at

About RxNT

RxNT is a national electronic prescription provider, located in Annapolis, Maryland, whose high-caliber product reinforces patient safety by reducing error, drug incompatibility issues, and illegibility. For more information, please visit us at or call us at 800-943-RXNT (7968).

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