Florida Blues offers free online drug reference to physicians
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 19, 2007
BlueCross BlueShield of Florida announced Jan. 29 that it is offering an online drug reference guide from Epocrates Inc., San Mateo, Calif., at no cost to every doctor in Florida. The tool enables physicians to access information about drug-to-drug interactions, dosages, health insurance formularies and drug pricing.
Catherine Peper , vice president of health information technology for the Florida Blues, declined to say how much it is investing in that program. She said that it is part of an existing program to encourage doctors to use electronic prescribing and other information technologies to improve patient safety and reduce costs.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/02/19/bibf0219.htm.