To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more. Check out our primer.
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If your physician prescribes electronically, the prescription usually goes online to the pharmacy of your choice, and your medication is often ready to be picked up by the time you arrive. In addition to its convenience, electronic prescribing produces legible prescriptions--not always the case when doctors hand-write them--and reduces the chance of errors when prescriptions are entered into the pharmacy computer. In addition, electronic prescribing modules in EHRs may alert physicians when a particular drug is not recommended under specific conditions, or when it might produce an adverse reaction due to another medication you're on. Electronic prescribing helps keep you safe.
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