National Park Service Taps E-Prescribing To Promote Health, Wellness

April 16, 2014 in News

The National Park Service has developed an electronic prescribing system to promote exercise and wellness through the use of neighborhood parks, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.

Project Details

The initiative, called “Park Prescription” or Park Rx, is part of the “Healthy Parks Healthy People US” project, which was created by NPS.

Through Park Rx, providers are able to discuss with patients potential exercise routines and prescribe a neighborhood park where the exercises can be completed.

For example, Robert Zarr of Unity Health Care’s Upper Cardozo Community Health Center in Washington, D.C., integrated Park Rx into Unity’s electronic health record system.

The system contains a searchable database of about 350 parks in the city.

Specifically, the database notes each park’s location and its level of:

  • Accessibility;
  • Activity;
  • Cleanliness; and
  • Safety (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/14).

In a “Health IT Buzz” blog post, officials noted that 27 health care providers have integrated Park Rx into their EHR systems and that 500 park prescriptions have been made since its launch in July 2013 (Myrie/Daniel, “Health IT Buzz,” 4/8).

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