No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic

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.

via No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic – The Daily Beast.

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