E-prescribing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The E-prescribing Market is segmented By Component (Hardware, Software, and Services), By Type of System, By Delivery Mode, By End User, and Geography.

Market Snapshot

E-prescribing Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 18.8 %

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Market Overview

The E-prescribing Market is estimated to register a CAGR of about 18.8% over the forecast period. Medical prescriptions are the written instructions by which physicians recommend and authorize the patients for purchasing and using prescription medicines and treatments. Errors in prescription can creep in due to a variety of reasons, like the pharmacist's lack of knowledge and skill, and miscommunication between nurses and doctors, among others. 

Among medication errors, prescription errors are one of the major causes of concern for healthcare professionals, globally. Moreover, according to the General Medical Council (GMC) 2018 report, in the United kingdom, prescribing errors and faults were reported in about 9%-15% of medication orders for hospital inpatients. Although they are rarely fatal, they can have adverse effects on the patient’s health and disease management. In addition to being a threat to the patient’s wellbeing, prescription errors are the common cause of legal and medical malpractice claims against doctors and healthcare professionals. 

At the time of prescribing, the e-prescribing systems can further decrease the errors by implementing alert and warning systems in addition to providing the patients with a complete background medical history.

Scope of the Report

As per scope of the report, E-prescribing, or electronic prescribing is a technology framework that allows physicians and other medical practitioners to write and send prescriptions to a participating pharmacy in an electronic format instead of using written prescriptions. The E-prescribing market is by component, type of system, delivery mode, end user and geography.

By Component
By Type of System
Stand-alone E-prescribing System
Integrated E-prescribing System
By Delivery Mode
Cloud Based
Web Based
By End Users
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Stand-alone E-prescribing System Segment is Expected to Hold a Major Market Share in the E-prescribing Market

  • The stand-alone e-prescribing system is an independent single entity system used for e-prescribing drugs to patients.
  • This system runs on software that acts a single mode, through which doctors or physician prescribe drugs to patients on an electronic platform.
  • Stand-alone e-prescribing applications are cheaper and easier to install than integrated systems. However, stand-alone applications may not have all of the functionality you will find in an e-prescribing module that is linked to an EMR.
  • Stand-alone applications may require the double entry of any clinical data. This requires additional work and risks of additional errors increases, thus slowing down the entire process.
  • Applications of the stand-alone systems are slowly being phased out from the healthcare IT sector as they are being replaced by integrated ones, which are more efficient and effective.
  • According to the Cittadinanzattiva survey report, in Italy about 57.5% of malpractice was caused by presumed mistakes during treatments in 2017.
  • The stand-alone system does not hold historical data of the patient and hence, sometimes follow up prescription may not be appropriate.

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market and Expected to do Same in the Forecast Period

North America is expected to dominate the overall market, throughout the forecast period. In the North America region, the United States holds the largest market share which is mainly due to the government initiatives and incentive programs to promote the E-prescribing system, and rising demand for E-prescribing system in the United States. For instance, as per the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which the United State Congress passed in 2018, requires use of e-prescription for all the controlled substances, is to be under Medicare Part D by Jan 2021.

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Competitive Landscape

The E-prescribing Market is consolidated competitive and consists of a few major players. In terms of market share, very few of the major players currently dominate the market. With the rising patient awareness levels, minimization of prescription errors, the better quality of health care and cost reduction, the companies are trying to innovate more products to sustain the competition. Some of the major players in the market are Cerner Corporation, NextGen Healthcare, Inc., eClinicalWorks, Veradigm (Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc), and eMDs, Inc are, among others.

Recent Developments

In August 2021, the company Meddo had announed that they puchased e-prescription platform Doxper

In September 2020, MediRecords anounced that they have partnered with the eRX Script Exchange to provide electronic prescriptions directly to patients.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Minimisation of Prescription Errors

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Demand for E-prescription System

      3. 4.2.3 Better Quality of Healthcare and Cost Reduction

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Security and Workflow Issues

      2. 4.3.2 Lack of Skilled Personnel to Handle the Systems

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Component

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 By Type of System

      1. 5.2.1 Stand-alone E-prescribing System

      2. 5.2.2 Integrated E-prescribing System

    3. 5.3 By Delivery Mode

      1. 5.3.1 Cloud Based

      2. 5.3.2 Web Based

      3. 5.3.3 On-Premise

    4. 5.4 By End Users

      1. 5.4.1 Hospitals

      2. 5.4.2 Clinics

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.5.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Veradigm (Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc)

      2. 6.1.2 NextGen Healthcare, Inc

      3. 6.1.3 Athenahealth Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Cerner Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 DrFirst

      6. 6.1.6 eClinicalWorks

      7. 6.1.7 eMDs, Inc

      8. 6.1.8 Relayhealth Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Surescripts

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape Covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The E-prescribing Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The E-prescribing Market is growing at a CAGR of 18.8% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cerner Corporation, NextGen Healthcare, Inc, eClinicalWorks, Veradigm (Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc), eMDs, Inc are the major companies operating in E-prescribing Market.

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