Will Opternative Write an Rx for a Fake Patient?

One of the flaws with online refraction systems (beyond the fact that they aren’t a substitute for a full eye exam) is that it can be difficult – or impossible – to tell who the patient actually is when working with them online. Indeed, issues of identity are serious problems for all sorts of online transactions.

But in this case, it could lead to the writing and filling of fraudulent Rx’s.

An anonymous poster writes of a story where he saw one system – Opternative – write an Rx for a non-existent patient – and even e-mailed a copy of the Rx for use elsewhere.

Read the details of the case here.

What does this mean for the physicians (MDs) who are signing off on these Rx’s?
How is your state responding to internet-based refractions?
New regulations?
Whole-hearted approval?

Weigh in!

Registered users may discuss in our forum!

  • ODwire.org is the largest site online specifically designed for Eye Care Professionals.

    If you're interested in practice management or obtaining clinical advice from your peers, you've come to the right place.

    We feature private forums, discussions, classifieds, webinars, podcasts and more.

    The site has over 19,000 clinician members, and have been running the site since 1999!

    Join us today!
  • Get In Touch

    Don’t forget to follow us on our social media to keep updated about the latest optometry news.