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Electronic Prescriptions

"We know that transcription errors cause a majority of medication errors,'' says Jeannine Leard R.N. "We know that transcription errors cause a majority of medication errors,'' says Jeannine Leard R.N.
It is a very time consuming process to try and fix the glitches that are in the program," says Robin Johnson said. It is a very time consuming process to try and fix the glitches that are in the program," says Robin Johnson said.

Your pharmacist may have your next prescription before you can leave the doctors office.

Experts say 500 thousand people are affected by a prescription error each year.

Something an electronic prescription might have prevented. Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital is taking on the electric form of prescriptions.

"We know that transcription errors cause a majority of medication errors in the patients world, then we know that by taking a step to make things clearer for the pharmacist and for the patient," Jeannine Leard R.N. said.

The system is being praised for cutting down on human error. Experts say these electronic prescriptions can cut down on more than 66% of errors, but some say the system isn't ready to take on that challenge.

Robin Johnson with King Compound Pharmacy said, "The theory behind e prescribing is a good theory, if everything is written you dont have any theoretically human error involved, the problem is its a human entering the data."

She says she believes in the technology, but thinks the system has several bugs to work out.

"When a prescription is called in to us, we have the opportunity right then to clarify any discrepancies that we have, as it is now we have to call the office, the chart has to be pulled, then the doctor will revue what they have ordered and then we will get a call back. It is a very time consuming process to try and fix the gliches that are in the program," Johnson said.

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