An electronic prescription mandate in Minnesota resulted in the state having the highest rate of e-prescribing in 2011, after being ranked 11th the year before.

Minnesota prescribers electronically routed 61 percent of prescriptions last year, according to the annual Safe-Rx report from e-prescription network vendor Surescripts. The state legislature enacted the mandate in 2008 and it became effective Jan. 1, 2011. The mandate is soft; it does not apply to long-term care facilities, and there are no enforcement mechanisms or penalties for non-compliance. But the state worked with stakeholders for several years to raise awareness and readiness for the mandate.

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