In December 2008, Massachusetts was the only state where physicians were using electronic prescribing technology to any appreciable degree. Nationwide, only 7 percent of doctors were doing any e-prescribing using an electronic health records system.

But by June 2012, the percent of physicians e-prescribing ranged from 32 percent in Alaska to 77 percent in Massachusetts, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Nineteen states since 2008 have seen the percentage of e-prescribing physicians increase by at least 50 percent. The national e-prescribing rate stood at 48 percent in June 2012, according to the report, which relies heavily on data from the SureScripts national e-prescribing network.

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