As part of the new system, physicians can send electronic messages rather than handwritten notes to pharmacies to order prescriptions for patients on Medicaid, a government health program for the needy.
Medicaid spokesman Francis Rullan says the new system should make it easier to determine whether a patient has been prescribed the same medicine by different doctors, or whether one patient has been prescribed different drugs that could have dangerous interactions.
Shared Health, a company based in Chattanooga, Tenn., has a four-year, $9.5 million contract to run the electronic health records system for Mississippi Medicaid. The federal government pays most of the costs.
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