Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Using Electronic Prescriptions

I live in Florida, and as of January 1, 2020, a new law became effective that requires prescribing doctors to send all prescriptions electronically. Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island also have mandates that took effect January 1, 2020; and in September 2018, California passed a law that requires electronic prescribing for all medications.

Check the laws for your state. Is your practice required by law to send prescriptions electronically? It may be time to think about how your practice is going to implement this requirement into your daily workflow.

You will need to use a service to electronically submit prescriptions to pharmacies. I recommend using Henry Schein One ePrescribe, which allows you to send electronic prescriptions directly through Dentrix.

Some of the benefits of using ePrescribe include:

  • Great fail-safe features to prevent drug interactions and dosage problems.
  • You can set up team members as users and your doctor can determine rights for each user.
  • There are special procedures for narcotic prescriptions.

Another feature I really like about ePrescribe is the ability to view a list of all prescriptions a patient is taking, including those prescribed by other doctors. This allows you to view patient’s current and past prescriptions.

ePrescribe is very easy to set up and you don’t need to purchase any additional hardware.

As more states are mandating electronic prescriptions, you need to come up with a plan for how your office will handle these requirements. Become familiar with the laws in your state.

If you have questions about ePrescribe, you can contact an ePrescribe representative at (833)907-1747.

If you have questions about this topic or others, please e-mail me at

Charlotte Skaggs, Certified Dentrix Trainer

Charlotte Skaggs is the founder of Vector Dental Consulting LLC, a practice management firm focused on taking offices to the next level. Charlotte co-owned and managed a successful dental practice with her husband for 17 years. She has a unique approach to consulting based on the perspective of a practice owner. Charlotte has been using Dentrix for almost 20 years and is a certified Dentrix trainer. Contact Charlotte at

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