NY measure would establish electronic prescription option

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Legislature has approved an amendment to the recently enacted law that requires doctors to submit virtually all medication prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy.

If signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislation would authorize the physician, dentist or other prescriber to electronically send it to a secure site from which it can be downloaded by the pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

Sponsors say that would ease the pressure on patients to decide during an office visit which pharmacy the patient will use.

The patient could also get a printout of the prescription as a reminder and to make it easier for the pharmacy to find.

The state Health Department would have to issue regulations to protect prescriptions’ security and patient privacy and coordinate the system with federal agencies.

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