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When it comes to prescriptions, nothing is more important than accuracy

By Dr. Betty Rabinowitz, MD FACP

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Surescripts named five electronic health records (EHR) companies as prestigious 2018 Surescripts White Coat Award™ winners. The White Coat Award celebrates the top achievements in improving electronic prescription accuracy across the Surescripts network, which connects approximately 250 EHR vendors nationwide, as well as nearly all pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmacies and clinicians—along with an increasing number of health plans, long-term and post-acute care organizations and specialty pharmacy organizations. 

NextGen Healthcare was awarded the 2018 White Coat Award for Highest Accuracy.  This is a great honor and a very significant achievement considering the complexity and importance of the task at hand.  There are so many “moving parts” that all need to work flawlessly to produce a near error free electronic prescription process.

Even as physicians struggle with some of the unintended consequences and challenges stemming from the widespread implementation of EHRs, there has been clear consensus that EHR electronic prescribing modules, deployed in a connected, integrated network of pharmacies, PBMs and payers, provide enhanced accuracy and reduce prescription errors that were common in the paper prescription era.   The transition to electronic prescribing has not been without mishaps, recently the Telegraph reported that more than 10,000 patients in Britain may have been given the wrong medication due to an IT blunder.  Deeply disturbing is the fact this issue was likely present, undiscovered, since 2010. 

Polypharmacy is especially common in elderly patients. Although elderly patients comprise <13% of the U.S. population, they receive almost 33% of all prescription medications annually.  This population is also particularly vulnerable to prescription errors as their regimens are often complex and include multiple medications.  This group of patients also is at risk for decline in visual acuity and age-related cognitive dysfunction that could further contribute to the problem.  It is in this population that the accuracy of the electronic prescription process is critically important.  

The award that was just won by the NextGen EHR for the highest accuracy in electronic prescribing is a remarkable achievement.  It is the culmination of the work of many teams across our company.  Each of them should be proud of this special achievement.  It is not often that outstanding work has such a direct impact on the quality of care for all patients and particularly the most vulnerable among them.

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Check out the announcement of the 2018 White Coat Winners


Dr. Betty Rabinowitz, MD FACP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Betty Rabinowitz was appointed as our chief medical officer on April 19, 2018. She brings to this position more than 25 years of extensive clinical experience and expansive knowledge of population health and value-based practice transformation. In her role, Betty is tasked with helping NextGen Healthcare promote and improve our solutions in support of our clients’ provider performance, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and financial efficiency…

Dr. Betty Rabinowitz was appointed as our chief medical officer on April 19, 2018. She brings to this position more than 25 years of extensive clinical experience and expansive knowledge of population health and value-based practice transformation. In her role, Betty is tasked with helping NextGen Healthcare promote and improve our solutions in support of our clients’ provider performance, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and financial efficiency.

Betty joined the NextGen Healthcare family in August 2017 as one of the founders and the former chief executive officer of EagleDream Health, the cloud-based analytics and population health management solutions we now know as NextGen® Population Health, which drives meaningful insights across clinical, financial, and administrative data to optimize ambulatory practice performance.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from Ben-Gurion University Medical School in Israel, where she also completed a residency in Internal Medicine. She came to the United States in 1990 for a fellowship in Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she became a professor of clinical medicine. In addition, Dr. Rabinowitz served as the medical director of the University of Rochester’s Center for Primary Care, overseeing clinical operations and population health management for the university’s large employed primary care network. In 2020, she was named on the list of the Top 25 Woman in Healthcare Software by the Healthcare Technology Report.

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