Inventing Tomorrow Today
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.”


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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