Only 1.4% Of Physicians Are Ready To E-Prescribe Controlled Substances, Report Finds

Originally published on Forbes.com in May 2015.

As deaths involving prescription opioids increase, prescribers look toward other ways to curb patient overdoses. One fairly new solution in the medical community is to prescribe controlled substances electronically, but just how far along is this revolutionary approach, and will it help combat the ever-growing opioid epidemic in the country?

Health information network provider Surescripts on Tuesday released the results of research focusing on health data transactions in 2014. The report, titled the “2014 National Progress Report,” reviewed how prescribing controlled substances electronically could potentially diminish prescription fraud and abuse in the country.

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Interviewing While Airborne

Using a smartphone to record interviews is one way for journalists of this decade to document comment from sources — and many in the trade are adopting this technique. This method has the potential to be intrusive to a reporter’s privacy — unless spontaneous sexting is highly unlikely to occur.

There’s no way of telling what will come across your phone while interviewing a source for a story. Will a Twitter notification from Lady Gaga pop up on your screen? What about an inappropriate text message from your friend? How about a call from your mother (think about your phone vibrating across the table into your interviewee’s lap)? Minimizing embarrassment is the key to maintaining your reputation, integrity and job.

Switching to airplane mode assists with preventing potential journalistic missteps from happening by disabling a device’s signal transmitting functions. In simple terms: You won’t be able to receive phone calls, text messages or notifications from any of your social media accounts. Your recordings will go uninterrupted.

So do yourself a favor before opening up your personal life to sources: Take your interview into the sky with a simple swipe of the finger.