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?