Electronic Prescribing: Could ePrescribing Help End the Opioid Addiction Crisis?
March 29th, 2017
The discussion surrounding the opioid addiction crisis is widespread. According to the article, How Digital Health Could Help End the Opioid Addiction Crisis, a health technology tool in existence today “has the potential to staunch the scourge of opioid addiction and overdoses in America.” Doctors just are not using this “tool”.This tool is electronic prescribing. According to Dr. Atul Gawande there are 5 key reasons electronic prescribing can “help stem the tide of drug overdose deaths”:
2-factor authentication prevents duplicate and forged prescriptions
Reduction in dosing errors
Cross-reference prescription monitoring program databases
Simplified prescription process for doctors and patients
Fewer prescriptions written up front because providers can remotely order another supply
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