Paper Prescriptions Passing Away?

Announcement made at USF Health
Announcement made at USF Health
TAMPA (2009-03-17) -

A group of high-ranking politicians and lawyers flanked officials of USF's health department as they announced what is being called "Paper Free Tampa Bay." It would use the billions in federal stimulus money allocated to public health projects to wean doctors from writing paper prescriptions. It's being looked at as the first step toward computerizing all health records, which is one of President Obama's goals.

Stephen Klasko is dean of the USF College of Medicine. Here's how he describes it: "An army of health care ambassadors who will fan out across the 10 counties of this region and work one-on-one with every physician's office, helping them make the leap from the cumbersome inefficient paper system of yesterday to 21st Century electronic care that will save lives and reduce costs."

Klasko says this will be done first in Tampa Bay, but it can be replicated across the country. Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor says she will apply for grant money to fund the program.

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