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Study: IT doesn't boost docs' knowledge of Rx

Source: Healthcare IT News
April 6, 2010
Despite high rates of health IT use, few Hawaii physicians are aware of the cost of medications they prescribe, and this impedes their ability to consider drug affordability for their patients, according to a new study.

The study, which was led by Chien-Wen Tseng, MD, associate professor at UH Mānoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine, surveyed 247 primary care physicians in Hawai'i in 2007 to find out how often they knew patients' out-of-pocket costs for medications when they wrote prescriptions.

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