Electronic prescribing has quickly gone from the exception to the expectation, with adults over 50 years of age heavily preferring e-prescribing versus paper prescriptions.

That is the key finding of a new study published in the American Health Information Management Association’s Winter 2015 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management. In a telephone survey of 75 participants aged 50 and older living within one hour of Pittsburgh, Penn., a majority of participants expected e-prescriptions (84 percent) and preferred e-prescriptions to paper prescriptions (81 percent). The survey results also show that nearly six times as many study participants expected only e-prescriptions than expected only paper prescriptions.

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