||Effects of Computerized Physician Order
Entry on Prescribing Practices "Computerized order entry systems have
the potential to prevent errors, to improve quality of care, and to
reduce costs by providing feedback and suggestions to the physician
as each order is entered... supplemented by clinical decision support,
is a powerful tool for improving physician prescribing."
JM Teich, P Merchia, et al Archives
of Internal medicine, Vol 160, October 9 2000 pp2741-2747
||Fortune Magazine selects MDPad as one of five
companies "who weren't just talking about what the future might be
like but were actually inventing it." Inventing Tomorrow Today: The
End of Diagnostic Errors "Every time a doctor evaluates a patient,
a few clicks on a customized handheld computer-linked to a database
compiled by Harvard and Johns Hopkins medical school faculty-gives
him focused recommendations about what drug and dosage to prescribe,
reactions with other medications, and other available treatments...
when he drops the PDA into its cradle to recharge the battery, it
also gets an update from the database."
Fortune, Special 70th Anniversary Issue-The Capitalist Century, Vol
141 No 5 pp F-36
||"Doctors with bad handwriting write on prescription
blanks which leads to the pharmacies sending out the wrong medicine.
Well now there is a new hand held coputer that could eliminate some
of those errors. The MDPad they call it. It's an electronic prescription
computer that can be programmed with vital patient information, such
as current medications and allergies and allows physicians to easily
print out legible and error free prescriptions."
Good Morning America, Tuesday February 15, 2000
||"When it comes to the medical mistakes blamed
for killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, errors involving
prescription drugs are among the greatest culprits... If you prescribe
medications you will either make a mistake or you will create an environment
where mistakes can occur ... One company is now developing the MDPad,
a hand-held electronic prescription pad with a built in printer;
patients then carry the printout to the pharmacy."
CBS Evening News, Wednesday December 8, 1999
||"It's an age old problem... and one that according
to news reports not too long ago... costs thousands of lives. Doctors
writing prescriptions that leave pharmacists guessing... MDPad is
creating handheld computers with built in printer... A doctor, with
a mere three taps on a screen can actually print out a prescription
and hand it to the patient... Besides curing the handwriting problem,
the handheld computers will store patient information and a drug database
that can be easily updated online."
CBS Radio News, Thursday January 20, 2000
||"Medical errors are a grave, national problem.
The Institute of Medicine estimates as many as 98,000 people die from
medical mistakes in hospitals each year. One Harvard researcher compares
it to having three jumbo jets filled with patients crash every two
days ... Harried doctors prescribe the wrong doses of the wrong medications.
Pharmacists, confused by poor handwriting, fill the wrong prescriptions
... Now a Boston-based MD and computer scientist has come up with
what he believes is a cost-effective, disaster-averting, hand-held
device that doctors can carry around like a palm pilot. It's called
the "MDPad". We speak to the inventor of the device, Dr. Pankaj Merchia."
NPR, "MDPad", January 16, 2001