It is estimated that approximately 7,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to medication errors. Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton is beginning to use a new technology called e-prescribing to improve patient safety and reduce medication costs.
Medication errors are predominately due to handwriting illegibility, overdosing from duplicate therapies and missed drug-drug or drug-allergy reactions. E-prescribing allows our clinic providers to make more informed real-time decisions by having patient's medication history and allergies at the point-of-care. Patients benefit by saving money with this technology because e-prescribing supplies our providers with real-time formulary information to improve use of generic over name brands.
Prescription Renewals Mercy Family Clinic – New Hampton has best practices in place to ensure your health and well-being when patients don’t have any refills on a prescription. For many prescription renewals, patients will be required to make an appointment to discuss how the medication is working, order any needed tests or adjust the medication. When a prescription is due for renewal, left following these steps: 1. Be aware of when prescriptions are due for renewal. 2. Allow at least 2 weeks for renewals in case tests need to be ordered to determine the medication’s effectiveness. 3. Call the pharmacy first to request the renewal from Mercy Family Clinic – New Hampton. If an appointment needs to be scheduled, you will receive a phone call from a nurse.