E-Prescribing: Should Physicians Write it Off?

Have you heard the one about the Physician who hand-wrote his prescriptions? One of them was mistaken for Cuneiform and is on display at the Smithsonian, one's being used by astronomers to chart the movements of Jupiter's moons, and another was played in concert by the London Philharmonic. Now, I'll give you a few minutes to contain your chortling and we can move on. Seriously though, doctors and (corny) penmanship jokes once came joined at the hip, but with the advent of technology, the phenomenon could very well go the way of alchemy, blood-sucking leeches and other archaic medical methods. You see, a little over a decade ago, the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) published a report which condemned the practice of hand-written prescriptions as a relic of times gone and urged physicians and pharmacies to make the jump to a novel new process known as "E-prescribing." With an eye on efficiency and error-free medical service, the paper sought to demonstrate the superiority of a new Electro...

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