Doctors’ messy handwriting blamed for deaths, Medicare mandates change

Prescription written

We’ve all left a doctor’s office with a prescription and wondered what the heck was written on that little piece of paper.

It’s a criticism doctors have endured for a long time, the ridicule of having messy handwriting.

In fact, the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine conducted a study in 2006 that shows doctors’ sloppy handwriting killed more than 7,000 people a year.

To cut down on those errors, Medicare is mandating that all hospitals switch over to electronics so you can read it on a computer screen which will be much clearer.

The mandate requires hospitals to make the switch before October 2014 or face losing some Medicare funding.

Many hospitals are already on board.

Officials said they are already seeing a 90 percent decrease in medical errors.