Physician use of electronic prescribing technology skyrocketed in 2011, according the annual National Progress Report from e-prescribing network operator Surescripts.

The vendor says 570 million electronic prescriptions were routed in 2011, up 74 percent from 326 million in 2010. Fifty-eight percent of office-based physicians were using e-prescribing to some degree last year, according to the report. Other findings:

* Specialty physicians with the highest e-prescribing rates are internists (81 percent), endocrinologists (78 percent), cardiologists (76 percent) and family practitioners (75 percent);

* Solo practitioners had the highest rate of e-prescribing adoption in 2011, rising from 31 percent in 2010 to 46 percent last year;

* Physicians adopting e-prescribing have a consistent 10 percent increase in patient first-fill medication adherence; and

* The average e-prescriber in the first quarter of 2008 did 49 such transactions per month, which rose to 213 per month in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The report is available at

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