It used to be so easy to prescribe. Decide what I wanted to do, grab a pad from my pocket, scribble about six to 10 words and numbers in cryptic language, hand the paper to the patient and move on to the next patient.
That was the way my colleagues and I wrote prescriptions when we were trained, not all that long ago. Of course, that approach had many challenges and often led to downstream rework, poor outcomes and frustrated, ill-informed patients. While some of those challenges have been solved with e-prescribing, the actual process of choosing the best prescription for the patient has become significantly more complex.