Poor handwriting on prescription pads can lead to adverse drug events, where a patient receives the incorrect medication, an inappropriate dosage, or wrong directions. The use of an electronic prescription system – where a doctor can click correct medications on a computer screen and send the information directly to a pharmacy – can greatly reduce the incidence of these events.
According to a study published in 2010 by Rainu Kaushal, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, in which researchers examined a sample of prescriptions provided by physicians in New York, written prescriptions can contain a great deal of errors. In fact, in this study, researchers discovered 37 errors for every 100 paper prescriptions versus seven per 100 in electronic prescriptions.
Though doctors have been slow to adopt e-prescription technology, it is clear that it can help prevent senseless accidents.
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Source: New York Times, “Chicken Scratches vs. Electronic Prescriptions,” Randall Stross.