Online Doctor Prescriptions

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Using electronics to write prescriptions is advocated by the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that oversees Medicare and other national health programs and issues. In fact, this government department is currently supervising a program designed to bring physicians into compliance with standards for ePrescribing Medicare drugs to Medicare patients. With financial remuneration and grants, the government intends to achieve a national electronic prescribing system that improves medication delivery to patients.

ePrescribing Saves Time and Money

Physicians are supposed to be able to reserve their time for medical matters that require their expertise and judgment. Both their qualifications and their salaries indicate they should be attending to patients, making diagnoses, and prescribing appropriate medications. Much of a physician's time, however, goes into secondary concerns that detract from the primary objective of dealing with patient care.

Surveys show that the average physician writes 30 prescriptions every day, and deals with another 30 refill requests. These are time-consuming endeavors, considering the current system. ePrescribing infrastructures allow physicians to write prescriptions in five seconds after consulting a patient's complete medical records and drug references online with a small, hand-held device. Think of the time that can be saved every single day, time that can be better spent on any number of medical issues.

These same digital systems allow for automated refills without the necessity of phone calls, which are also time-consuming. By the time a pharmacist has spoken to a receptionist, waited for a staff member to pull the patient's chart, and then waited for the okay for the refill, a lot of time has gone by. How much faster and simpler to connect to the electronic network, and communicate instantly.


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