Doctors May Get Rid of Prescription Pad for Some General Motors Workers

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

General Motors, Ford and Daimler Chrysler have teamed up with Michigan's three largest health insurers for the program. A spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield says the use of PDAs and other electronic devices will help reduce medications errors due to illegible handwriting and will cut down on time spent calling physicians to clarify their orders.

He also says doctors will be able to access information regarding other medications patients are taking to ensure quality care.

And the devices will help cut healthcare costs by helping doctors determine the most cost-effective drugs within their healthcare plan.

The downside is doctors will have to buy their own wireless devices.

About 600 doctors in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Livingston county are involved. It is for automakers with the "Blue Preferred Plus" network.


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