Messy handwriting contributes to prescription errors across the country. When a doctor’s illegible handwriting gets to the pharmacy, pharmacy employees are often at a loss as to what the script is. When this happens, pharmacists are supposed to double check the prescription with the doctor. Eliminating pen and paper reduces errors.
A recent study highlighted just how often errors occur when doctors send over messy handwritten prescriptions to the pharmacy. The study on hospital errors found that when doctors switch to electronic prescriptions instead of pen and paper, errors drop by 60 percent. The study tracked medication errors in two Australian hospitals before and after installing electronic prescription systems. Electronic system reduces errors overall
The study concluded that, in general, the software reduced errors across the board. The software can hold unique patient data that gives warning messages to doctors. Hospitals slow to implement improved electronic systems
With such an improvement in catching errors, it is a wonder that hospitals across the country do not all adopt the practice of electronic prescribing. But there is no federal requirement to do so, and many hospitals find the new systems expensive.
Kennedy Hodges, LLP helps individuals who have suffered serious injury due to prescription and pharmacy errors across the country, including distributing wrong medications, administering the wrong dosage, and failure to provide medication warnings and instructions.