New York State’s drive to prod clinicians to use electronic prescriptions exclusively is making progress, but providers’ ability to use e-prescriptions is not yet universal.

The state is the first in the nation to require that all prescriptions—both for controlled and non-controlled substances—be created electronically. Its legislation mandates that physicians who fail to comply face possible fines and imprisonment. While New York is the first, all 50 states have legalized the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.

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