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Doctors Starting to Use Paperless Prescriptions

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- Many doctors are saying paperless prescriptions are changing the medical industry and are the wave of the future. Traditionally doctors are not known for their perfect handwritting. That's why paperless prescriptions are catching on.
The way it works is doctors use a software program. It makes sure everything is properly filled out. About 10 percent of doctors are doing this. 

The health and human services secretary says this process could save taxpayers 156 million dollars in medicare expenses over the next 5 years.

"It's going to eliminate pharmacy errors a lot. It's going to make it so that it's a digital typed out prescription. It will be a lot easier to read and a lot easier to catch errors, prescribing errors, by the physicians," said Ben Larkin, Walgreens Pharmacist.

Already medicare is increasing it's payments to doctors that use paperless prescriptions. That's because Congress approved the higher payments last week. The bill voided a cut in reimbursement rates for doctors that treat medicare patients.