Four years ago, the Institute of Medicine issued a press release on the benefits of electronic prescribing, and now that the iPad has revolutionized mobile technology in the doctor’s office, these benefits are worth reviewing. DrChrono.com and its point-of-care iPad EMR platform unveiled its eRx functionality recently, and is the first and only iPad platform with this feature. Below are some of the highlights of the press release.
“Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.”
“A study of outpatient clinics found that medication-related injuries there resulted in roughly $887 million in extra medical costs in 2000.”
“New computerized systems for prescribing drugs and other applications of information technology show promise for reducing the number of drug-related mistakes, the report says. Studies indicate that paper-based prescribing is associated with high error rates.”
“Electronic prescribing is safer because it eliminates problems with handwriting legibility, and when combined with decision-support tools, automatically alerts prescribers to possible interactions, allergies, and other potential problems…”
You can view a video showcasing DrChrono.com’s eRx feature here:
Bootman, et al. Preventing Medication Errors. Institute of Medicine Press Release, July 20, 2006.