Death to bad handwriting!

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Back in 2007 Time Health reported that doctors’ bad handwriting was killing more than 7,000 people each year in the U.S. This report certainly rings a bell with us: one of the reasons we really wanted to introduce our online photography ordering service last year was to replace the handwritten forms that staff sometimes struggled to read. Whilst not exactly a matter of life-or-death, we still want to get these orders processed for you as quickly as possible.

Our online service certainly helps our staff understand immediately which items you want photographed, meaning we can fulfil orders more quickly. We were able to go from this:

to this:


Here’s hoping that the e-prescribing described in Times Health has helped U.S.doctors give a better service to their patients too.

Natalie Pollecutt

Natalie Pollecutt is Library Systems Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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