Electronic prescriptions among U.S. office-based prescribers increased 71 percent to 326 million in 2010, compared with 190 million the previous year, according to an annual progress report from e-prescribing network vendor Surescripts.

Major drivers of the increase, according to report authors, include the electronic health records meaningful use incentives program and Medicare's e-prescribing incentive program, particularly among physicians without EHRs. Other findings from the 2010 analysis of e-prescribing include:

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