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Readers divided over e-prescribing's greatest challenge

August 5, 2010
by Lindsay Barba
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Last month, Behavioral Healthcare explored the benefits and challenges of implementing an e-prescribing system in E-prescribing: Coming your way soon. Our online poll found that readers were divided over which aspect of e-prescribing has proven to be most challenging:

What has been your organization’s greatest challenge in implementing an e-prescribing system?

  • Choosing the software 36.67%
  • Affordability 23.33%
  • Training the physicians to use the system 20%
  • We don’t use e-prescribing 20%

Noteworthy comments from readers included:

  • “After two years of using one product, we're changing to another because this one doesn't conform to NYS [regulations].”
  • “We have no choice but to use the e-prescribing platform that is integrated with our current EHR.”
  • “We would like to implement e-prescribing but identifying a practical and affordable system has been difficult.”

Our latest poll, found on the left-hand side of our Web site, is:

What programs or incentives does your organization offer to prevent staff burnout?

  • More than two weeks of vacation time
  • Wellness and stress management programs
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • We do not address burnout at my organization

Share your strategies for combating staff burnout in the comments box. For more information about addressing burnout from a management perspective, read Is there a way around burnout? in our July/August issue.



Lindsay, as burnout solutions, I most definitely would not include any of the options that are mentioned in the survey. The literature is full of research (including the classic work of Frederik Herzberg and a well-known study by Rutgers University) that shows that what keeps staff going is the work itself achievement recognition (not money, not "employee of the month" types of things just honest appreciation on an ongoing basis), "knowing what's going on," being included in decision-making. And, while recognizing that the leadership must do all it can to support employees, at the end of the day we need to hire individuals who can do the hard work that they are entrusted to do. We need to recruit people who have the emotional maturity and skills to self-manage not just the work, but the stressors that go along with the job.

Lindsay Barba

Lindsay Barba was associate editor of Behavioral Healthcare from 2009 to 2010.

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