Are e-Prescribe and eMar the Same?
by Jerica Rossi, 5.20.18
It’s time to toss the paper and go digital. If you’re navigating the EHR market and looking for features to fit to your needs, it’s likely that Electronic Prescribing (e-Prescribe) and/or Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMar) might be some of the solutions you’re after. While they sound similar, e-Prescribe and eMar offer two different types of functionality that might be relevant to your practice. So what are they – and how do they differ?
E-Prescribing allows physicians, medical practitioners and psychiatrists to electronically send prescriptions to a pharmacy instead of having to fax or call it in. Connecting the point of care directly to the pharmacy improves communication and collaboration; decreases the risk of medical error or prescription fraud; minimizes the risk of drug-to-drug or drug allergy interaction; and improves medication adherence.
When integrated with an EMR, you can manage medications, view patient history and send prescriptions – all from one place!If you are a psychiatrist or a clinician who is responsible for prescribing medication, your practice may benefit greatly from e-prescribing.
eMAR is a software solution that allows clinicians to electronically document medication administrations, vital signs and other observations. It can even display an alert with notes on when clinical actions or precautions need to be taken, enhancing patient safety.
It can assist with decision support, which is when a practice management system will automatically pop-up guidance when certain client data thresholds are met. For example, if you’re entering data about your patient, the system can recognize a common course of treatment for that particular combination of diagnosis and vitals!
The EHR can pop-up a new window with treatment recommendations for the clinician and resources for the client. You can both empower your patient with tools for their participation in treatment – while at the same time receive treatment plan guidance for your role as provider.
eMAR can document when – where – to whom – by whom – and the dosage of a medication that’s administered; and is often connected to inventory, helping to prevent drug fraud and/or abuse within a facility. This type of tracking is also vital for audits and supporting documentation for treatment plans.
eMAR is compliant with federal regulations is a safe + secure way to reduce the amount of time spent on documentation. Practices or organizations that administer medication may want to consider an EHR with eMar functionality to help improve the quality of patient care and streamline workflow.