Medicine: Take Two of These and E-Mail Me in the Morning

Take Two of These and E-Mail Me in the Morning

It's too late for one West Texas family, but it may not be long before illegible scrawls on prescription pads go the way of leeches. Enter the latest boon of the information age: e-prescribing. A company called Allscripts, with help from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, has developed a hand-held wireless device that allows doctors to deliver your Rx straight to the pharmacist's computer. Given the rapid increase in drugs with similar names, it's a technology that could save medical careers, not to mention lives. Last week in West Texas, a court ordered cardiologist RAMACHANDRA KOLLURU to pay $225,000 to the family of...

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