Gov. John Lynch and a group of healthcare workers are pushing for New
Hampshire to become the first state in the nation where all of its
healthcare providers are able to prescribe medication electronically.
Lynch said the action would ''improve healthcare quality and help save
lives, while at the same time reducing healthcare costs and improving
the efficiency of our healthcare system.''
The plan calls for all primary-care providers to have the ability to
prescribe prescriptions electronically by October 2007 and for all
healthcare clinicians in New Hampshire to have that ability by October
2008. E-prescribing can be done even a BlackBerry.
Lynch and members of the Citizens Health Initiative point to a study
done in July, in which the Institute of Medicine estimated that
problems with the prescription drug system -- uncertainty about what the doctor prescribed, an inappropriate medication for the patient, wrong
dosages or just the wrong drug -- cost the healthcare system $77
billion per year nationally.