New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.
A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 2015, all prescriptions in the state of New York must be filed electronically.
The last arm of New York’s 2012 I-STOP legislation, universal electronic prescribing is meant to control, track, and monitor the distribution of drugs on a completely new level: where the drugs are prescribed vs. when and where someone picks them up. The former pad-and-pen system, derided for doctors’ notoriously bad handwriting and ease of forgery, suddenly seems archaic and insecure when put next to the ubiquity of computer systems.