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September, 2011

Believe it or not, most of the prescriptions you get from your doctor are still hand written and faxed to your pharmacy. With all of the electronic communication we do today on our computers and mobile devices, paper is still the predominant way we fill prescriptions. Here are a few interesting facts about prescriptions:

  • People in the United States made 956 million visits to physicians’ offices
  • According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), four out of five patients who visit a doctor leave with at least one prescription
  • More than 3 billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States

Two of the biggest problems with hand written prescriptions are patient safety and prescription fraud. Illegible handwriting, unclear abbreviations and dose designations, can cause a pharmacy to give you the wrong medication or dosage.

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Printing is a Messy Business

By Joe Contreras

While many of us use smart phones, tablets and laptop PCs to do our work, we still need to print documents. Before you print it’s always a good idea to think about ways to minimize your costs. That usually boils down to paper and toner.

One of the easiest ways to reduce your paper use is by printing duplex. If your printer automatically removes blank pages, you save more.

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High profile data breaches are running rampant again.  Recently Epson Korea had its website hacked.  Names, user IDs, passwords and resident registration numbers of 350,000 customers were stolen.  A smaller incident occurred in Louisiana where copies of confidential documents were found in a dumpster behind a state office building.  Large or small, these breaches can have devastating effects on those involved.

According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, since 2005 there have been 2660 data breaches made public affecting 535 million records.  Current US federal law requires notification of consumers in the event of a breach only in limited circumstances.  46 states in the US have data breach notification laws that address when personally identifiable information (PII) is breached.  Many countries outside the US have data breach notification and security laws that cover similar circumstances.

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It’s that simple. Track your expenses and share that information with your users and printing costs can drop. It’s been shown that by making users aware of costs they can be trained to be more efficient – especially if they know usage is being tracked.

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