Yes — you no longer have to get into your car and drive to a bank to access your bank account. But you do have to remember a password. And yes, you can now access your tax slips and file your tax return with a press of a button — but before you get to that stage you have to go through an onerous process to set up your profile and enable authentication through your bank account. Though many of us would like fewer usernames and passwords, none of us could imagine a world without our smartphones, and the apps and websites we’ve now come to rely on.
But the less convenient aspects of convenience are there for a reason. They’re there to protect us. This is why we at PrescribeIT® don’t apologize for the steps prescribers and pharmacists have to go through to initially set up and then access PrescribeIT®. In the end, the processes and security protocols are there to protect both clinicians and patients.
Yes, it’s true — it does take a while to go through enrolment with PrescribeIT®. But we’re not going to apologize for paying attention to security. And yes, validating your login once a day is a pain. But we’re not going to apologize for securing health data. And yes, it may be easier to write a prescription on a piece of paper. But we’re not going to apologize for reducing typos and errors.
The extra hoops added to enable e-prescribing means clinicians can now more easily communicate with each other, trading in their fax machines for the convenience of clinical communications. e-Prescribing can also help facilitate virtual care and it enables patients to renew prescriptions more easily. The little inconveniences that we must all go through are worth it, because in the end they mean safer, and yes, more convenient, care.
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