Electronic prescribing in pediatrics: Toward safer and more effective medication management

Kevin B. Johnson, Christoph U. Lehmenn, Mark A. Del Beccaro, Gregg Alexander, Willa H. Drummond, Anne B. Francis, Eric G. Handler, Timothy D. Johnson, George R. Kim, Michael Leu, Eric Tham, Stuart T. Weinberg, Alan E. Zuckerman

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This technical report discusses recent advances in electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) systems, including the evidence base supporting their limitations and potential benefits. Specifically, this report acknowledges that there are limited but positive pediatric data supporting the role of e-prescribing in mitigating medication errors, improving communication with dispensing pharmacists, and improving medication adherence. On the basis of these data and on the basis of federal statutes that provide incentives for the use of e-prescribing systems, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the adoption of e-prescribing systems with pediatric functionality. This report supports the accompanying policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending the adoption of e-prescribing by pediatric health care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1350-e1356
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Electronic prescribing
  • Health information technology
  • Medication
  • Pediatrics
  • Prescription
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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