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Technology and Medical Errors

With the rise of the digital age, there are now many ways to make our lives simpler, easier, and more streamlined. One of these new ways is through the use of digitally sending requests for medical needs, such as medicine refills, glasses prescriptions, or making appointments with your physician. Specifically as it relates to prescriptions, some companies are offering customers, and pharmacists, the option to text in their prescriptions and refill requests. However, sometimes the concepts that are supposed to make things easier can sometimes lead more issues.

There are many potential pitfalls when you choose to text your medicine refills.  Some of these concerns include, but are not limited to: a lack of access to a patient’s complete medical record to see if prescriptions are appropriate, issues with cell phone carrier service and accurately receiving text updates, miscommunication between providers, and text messages getting lost in the barrage of alerts, emails, and texts that fly through the average person’s cell phone. All of these issues add up to increased opportunities for prescription error and the risk of a breach of confidentiality.

Prescription error is a serious medical issue, especially when a patient receives an incorrect dose or another person’s medication on accident. These errors can be time consuming, lead to ill health effects, and may even be life threatening. In situations where prescription errors have led to adverse medical outcomes in you or someone you love, it may be time to take legal action. Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area lawyer that is skilled in handling prescription error cases. Call his Altoona, PA office for more information at 814-946-4100.