- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 4/14/2013 5:12:04 PM
This is a good and very important tool.
I always double check my prescriptions, both the prescription writ and the medication bottle dispensed and then even the pills themselves.
One time a doctor prescribed 1000 milligrams of a medication that should have been just 10 milligrams. The pharmacy caught the mistake because the medication didn't come in that strength. But had it been one that did and for a serious condition, who knows what could have happened.
Really, all doctors will make an error at some point and you're actually helping by double checking everything.
Regarding the amputation story, something recently like that happened at Jewish Hospital in KY in 2011 at when a person was going in for a circumcision, the Dr. found cancer and without informing the patient, just removed the whole thing.
When it is your life or well being at stack, there is no such thing as being to cautious. I'd rather be a difficult patient than to have a medical error.
- by chapAnjou, Prospector
- 4/12/2013 4:26:28 PM
*passes out after reading accidental amputation story*
*wakes up 30 minutes later and reads rest of blog post*
That's a really interesting and handy tool! The fact that a tool like this needs to be created tells me that anyone going into a medical profession needs to be taught how to right quickly but legibly haha.
- by rbaz, Data Doctor
- 4/12/2013 12:48:06 PM
Excellent tool, thanks! The handwriting is deciphered by those with a knowledgable point of reference that can make out what it can be and go from there. The untrained like us have no chance.
- by BethSchultz, Blogger
- 4/12/2013 9:59:12 AM
A couple weeks ago I drove my oldest back to school, in Champaign, Ill., where Wolphram|
Alpha is headquartered (right off the University of Illinois campus). As we drove by the building with its big logo, I made the mistake of asking my daughter if she knew the company/tool as it was pretty cool (as I knew from previous posts here). I got the old eye-roll and heavy sigh -- what could I have been thinking? Apparently college kids use it all the time. It's all but passe for them now.
- by SaneIT, Data Doctor
- 4/12/2013 7:56:57 AM
I had not seen this before, knowing the shorthand notes sounds handy but I think in many cases you have to worry about reading those in the first place. There have been a few times that I've dropped off a prescription and waited only to hear them call my doctor's office to ask what he was prescribing. Since so many drugs have similar names it could get ugly fast if they just guess at the handwriting.
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 4/11/2013 2:41:22 PM
Noreen this is a very cool tool thanks for sharing. I still look forward to the day when all doctors transmit your prescription to the pharmacy electronically; it's such a time saver and eliminates the chicken scratch and its dangers!
- by Phoenix, Data Doctor
- 4/11/2013 1:25:52 PM
You are right about that Kicheko. I can't make out doctor's handwriting either. I just tried out Wolfram Alpha and it is pretty cool. I'll be sure to make a note of the site for future references. Thank you for sharing this info Noreen.
- by Nnanci, Blogger
- 4/11/2013 1:12:51 PM
Wow,i had not seen this tool before. it is amazing...i just wonder how abstract it can get with decoding random data. Then again one problem i have with doctors' prescriptions even before the codes themselves is that their handwriting generally is unreadable...i can't tell when i'm looking at a code from when i'm seeing badly scribbled plaintext.