Internet that used to be about emailing has through a short period become more extensive than that. It has spread correspondingly throughout – that it now plays a much serious and a bigger role to our society and to individual lives. The more we rely on the internet, the more effective, efficient, and more convenient its impact is on business people and its consumers. And it has reached even healthcare industries’ work and functions that we cannot just close our eyes to.
If healthcare is to be effective, there needs to be accurate and fast information, documentation, and communication since there will be times when some patients are fighting for their lives. Now it is much easier for doctors to collaborate on specific patient diagnosis, thus saving time and money, unlike the conventional type which is a more inferior and static method.
The internet has also no geographical bounds that enable the physician to analyze a patient record regardless of location. There are many benefits that both patients and physicians can obtain from using e-prescriptions, and that is why it is becoming very popular today. Today, every state in the U.S. now allows e prescribing that even includes e prescribing of those controlled substances. The DEA or Drug Enforcement Agency has already revised its regulations to provide doctors with options of giving e-prescriptions for controlled substances. Pharmacies are also now allowed to receive, dispense, and record the e-prescriptions in their databases. Security issues has been resolved using the latest encryption technology with secures superior levels of risk determinants, and this is why our financial institutions are also using this type of information protection.
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e-prescriptions have other benefits aside from being convenient and secured, since it also eliminates errors from an unreadable physician handwriting, or an improper handling of the pharmacist to give the exact prescribed drug to the right recipient. This is all because the pharmacist have access to a patient’s prescription history, thus reducing the chances of the wrong drug being dispensed. There has been recorded about 95,000 prescription drug errors since the year 2000 due to misreading illegible physician handwriting or giving the wrong drugs by overworked pharmacy dispensers. e-prescriptions then play a vital role in preventing these errors and protect the patients.
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Important information is obtained first before the e-prescription is processed, which is another of its benefits. And this means filling out the correct dosage, the strength, frequency and the method of taking it.