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Handwritten Prescriptions OUT, Now Computerized Prescriptions MUST- Uttarakhand HC Orders

Handwritten Prescriptions OUT, Now Computerized Prescriptions MUST- Uttarakhand HC Orders

Prescribe Generic and in the Computerised format

Nainital: Handwritten prescriptions may soon lose their validity in the hilly state since the Uttarakhand High Court has now passed an order directing all the medical institutions to furnish computer-generated prescriptions and medical reports to make it much more understandable to those patients and attendants, who find it difficult to decode the doctors’ infamous handwriting.

The direction has been passed by the division bench of honourable Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari who stated in the order,

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“We direct all doctors throughout Uttarakhand in the government sector, public sector and private clinics to give computer-generated prescriptions/medical reports in order to enable the ordinary patients and their attendants to understand the same.”

According to a recent report by The Times of India, the order came while hearing a petition of a hospital in Dehradun, which sought review of the court order dated August 14, 2018 in which the court had directed that all the doctors throughout the state including government doctors and doctors serving in clinical establishments are to prescribe only generic medicines which are readily available and no patient should be forced to buy branded medicines. This review petition was dismissed.

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The court issued the directions after the matter surfaced during the arguments in a case that many a time patients or their attendants are unable to understand the handwriting of doctors and other medical practitioners, the counsel for the petitioner in the case, confirmed to HT.

The court also directed the state government to provide “necessary infrastructure” to government medical officers such as computers and printers. However, no specific time frame has been suggested to implement the order. The division bench asked the government to provide necessary infrastructure in “reasonable” time span.

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Source: with inputs

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  1. If doctor has to type the examination findings and document the clinical data and the drugs prescribed, the number of patients actually seen by him will be grossly reduced. Then, the number of medical faculty should be atleast tripled as the patient crowd is usually high in state government run medical colleges where infrastructure or staff is usually inadequate. Even today, the OP slip in our place is handwritten and the patient name in the government hospital entry book is usually not readable. Already in significant number of hospitals, substitution of drugs with other companies is done by the pharmacists citing non-availability of that company brand or favouring a particular company is reported. Unless the bioavailability of each drug is tested periodically and remains same for all approved generic drugs, the patient will be at the recieving end particularly if pharmacist or hospital is allowed to decide the company supplying the drug. I heard that even drinking water and proper shelter for people attending the court is a luxury in lower courts. MCI should make it mandatory for all hospitals to have computer generated OP slips and pharmacy reciepts. Then patient can read about his disease and drugs prescribed to him.

  2. Our solution already being used by doctors in private practice in dehradun. takes 30 (thirty) seconds to type and print a prescription of 7 medicines. It also does not need any specialized software. existing software on the computer is used. The application is so easy to use that doctors intend to use it themselves.

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    Dr .Akkala Naidu .K September 18, 2018, 11:02 am

    Better to insist on to write in capital letters

  4. How about the Court Orders which are hardly legible including poor english grammar.

  5. Good Initiative by Court. Implementation is key.

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    Ashutosh Kumar Pandey September 17, 2018, 2:06 pm

    And they complaint about Rising health care cost.