The following brief appeared a few days ago
E-prescriptions could cut federal expenses by $29 billion over next decade
Federal health expenditures could be reduced by up to $29 billion over the next decade if all Medicare prescriptions were transmitted electronically by 2010, according to a new study by Atlanta-based technology trade association AeA. But "eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions" notes that although e-prescribing has increased over the past several years, only two percent of all prescriptions were transmitted electronically in 2007.
The full .pdf file is found here.
A very big number – even if only half true makes a compelling case!