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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Goodbye to paper prescriptions?

SHREWSBURY

Paper prescriptions may be on their way out. Dr. Deborah Hazen, an internist in Shrewsbury who is the first doctor in central Massachusetts to use a software called Pocketscripts, says she is never going back.

"The system is easy to use; itís very intuitive," Dr. Hazen told told the Worcester Business Journal. "My staff and I had no problem learning, even though we represent a wide range of computer abilities."

Dr. Hazen said the software has saved her a lot of time, and that she doesn't see a downside to eliminating handwritten prescriptions.

The software allows prescription data to be entered on a handheld device. The data is then transmitted electronically to the pharmacy sytem.

-- Erica Tochin

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