Objective 2: E-Prescribing

E-Prescribing is a prescriber’s ability to electronically send an accurate, error-free and understandable prescription directly to a pharmacy from the point-of-care, and is considered an important element in improving the quality of patient care.

Stage 3 meaningful use, permissible prescriptions, authorized by an eligible provider (EP), should be generated and transmitted electronically.

This measure requires that more than 60% of all permissible prescriptions written by the EP are queried for a drug formulary and transmitted electronically using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).

An EP can claim an exclusion if they either:

(1) Write fewer than 100 permissible prescriptions during the PI reporting period, or

(2) Do not have a pharmacy within their organization and there are no pharmacies that accept electronic prescriptions within 10 miles of the EP’s practice location at the start of their PI reporting period.

For more details on this Objective, please see the resources section below.


2020 and 2021 Electronic Prescribing (Objective 2 of 8)