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The medical world is changing as a result of the increasingly rapid developments in the digital landscape. Medical prescriptions are just one example of these changes. Read below to learn more about what e-prescriptions are, how they work and what they can do for your practice.
More medicines are prescribed than ever before, and with this increase comes the potential for more errors. However, e-prescription has the potential to reduce and eliminate some of the opportunities for error by promoting efficiency and patient safety. It can also create opportunities for further improvements in cost savings for medical clinics, hospitals and patients.
What exactly is e-prescribing? In short, electronic prescribing - e-prescribing - functions as a tool to increase communication and efficiency for physicians, prescribers, and patients. With e-prescribing, healthcare providers can simply enter prescription information into a computer - a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer - and securely transmit the prescription to the pharmacy.
Once the pharmacy's computer receives the information, the pharmacist follows the same security protocols as doctors before entering the prescription information into the database.
E-prescribing aims to reduce medication errors and the problems that can be associated with them. In a study of the effects and efficiency of e-prescribing, the number of errors fell from 42.5 per 100 prescriptions to 6.6 per 100 prescriptions. This was only one year after the introduction of e-prescribing in 12 GP practices.
E-prescriptions also improve the efficiency of the prescription process: as soon as a digital prescription is written, it can be sent directly to the pharmacy, which in turn can process the order immediately.
In this way, you do not have to visit the pharmacy with your prescription, but it can be sent digitally and the medication can be made ready. At menscript.com, this means that the medication is prepared and sent to the patient's home address.
Finally, there is the advantage that doctors can better check whether patients are taking their medication on time. Because the refill data of each prescription is digitally available, the doctor can see whether the patient is on schedule or not. This enables the doctor to intervene more quickly if it appears that the patient is having trouble adhering to the treatment.
With menscript.com, prescriptions are written digitally and sent directly to the pharmacy. The pharmacy can then immediately check the e-prescription, prepare the medication and send it off.
At menscript.com, we use an online diagnosis form. This form is intended to identify the medical condition of the patient. This diagnostic form has both advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage of using such a form is that the patient is not bound by time. He himself decides when to fill it in. The only thing needed is an internet connection. Another advantage is that the "anonymity" makes it easier for many men to express their problems. Things like erection problems and hair loss are topics of conversation that many men avoid. Topics they do not like to discuss face-to-face with their doctor.
Because filling in the diagnosis form does not require a visit to the practice, we remove this barrier. This makes it easier to bring up these problems and to be honest about the help you are looking for and need.
An obvious disadvantage of using an online diagnosis form is a lack of control. The doctor and patient are not in the same physical space. Lying is therefore easier. Of course, the patient can also lie in a face-to-face meeting with the doctor, but lying about your weight, for example, is much more difficult.
It is therefore all the more important that you, as a patient, are aware of your own responsibility and that you fill in the questions truthfully. Moreover, this is also very important for your own safety. In this way, we ensure that remote medical care is not only efficient, but also effective and safe.