So I had only one reaction when I learned that 80 per cent of prescriptions in Australia are dispensed electronically: why on earth are the other 20 per cent not?
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Data from eRx Script Exchange suggests that 87 per cent of pharmacies and 72 per cent of doctors now use electronic exchanges. Presumably, the other 28 per cent of doctors are happy to perpetuate the stereotype of doctors having terrible handwriting.
The clear benefit of electronic prescriptions, efficiency aside, is that there’s no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation. Getting those hold-outs to change over might require legislation, however — there will always be people who say “this works, why should I change it?”
In some areas, connectivity might also be an issue — a problem Australia Post is facing as it tries to upgrade regional post offices.