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Why docs were slow to embrace secure prescribing controls

February 21, 2017

When Oswego Health in New York implemented state-mandated secure electronic prescribing software for controlled substances, physicians initially did not like the fact that they were forced to use the technology, but it did not take them long to embrace it, says Barry Ryle, CIO.

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How to overcome the challenges of medication reconciliation

February 16, 2017

During my 22 years as a hospital CIO, I experienced plenty of challenges – along with many successes – while working to implement new technologies, change outdated processes and modify inefficient workflows. One particularly demanding period followed the 2006 Joint Commission Sentinel Alert Event, which called for medication reconciliation at every transition of care.

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DrFirst Acquires VisibilityRx to Optimize Clinical Trial Recruitment with Advanced Patient Matching at the Point of Care

January 31, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. – DrFirst, a pioneer in electronic prescribing, integrated medication management and secure communication for healthcare, announced today the acquisition of VisibilityRx, a leading provider of clinical trial recruitment services to life sciences, clinical research organizations and pharmacies. This acquisition provides DrFirst’s 60,000 physician clients the ability to easily identify and refer their patients to the latest clinical trials.

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7 ways e-prescribing is addressing prescription drug abuse and enhancing patient care

January 20, 2017

In December 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which included $1 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Cures Act allocation is the latest government effort to address the country’s pressing issue of opioid misuse, which, according to the CDC, killed more than 41 people a day in 2015.

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Translational Software Inc. and DrFirst Team to Provide Pharmacogenomics-based e-Prescribing and Medication Management

November 30, 2016

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Translational Software®, Inc. (TSI), a leader in the intelligent use of genetic data for clinical decision support, today announced the company has been selected by DrFirst, a pioneer in electronic prescribing and medication management solutions, to enable pharmacogenomics (PGx)-based e-prescribing within the Rcopia® medication management system at the point of care.

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SigmaCare Partners with DrFirst to bring Secure Communications to Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Facilities Nationwide

October 31, 2016

New York, NY and Rockville, MD: SigmaCare, a leading provider of clinical, financial and customer relationship management cloud-based services and mobile applications for the long-term, post-acute care market, and DrFirst, a leader in e-medication management and secure communications, today announced they have partnered to integrate Backline®, DrFirst’s secure, HIPAA-compliant communication and care-collaboration technology, into the SigmaCare EHR platform.

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DrFirst to Integrate Backline®, its HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Platform, with Coordinated Care Oklahoma Health Information Exchange

September 19, 2016

DrFirst, a pioneer in healthcare SaaS solutions, and Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) today announced a partnership to integrate Backline®, DrFirst’s secure, HIPAA-compliant communication and collaboration tool, into CCO’s extensive health information exchange (HIE).

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Readers Write: The Surgeon General’s Rallying Cry Against the Opioid Epidemic Must Also Be a Call to Arms for Healthcare IT

September 15, 2016

By Tom Sullivan, MD In a rare open letter to the nation’s doctors, U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy sounded a rallying cry to engage their greater participation in the opioid-abuse crisis afflicting our country. Missing from the Murthy’s commendable call to arms, though, was mention of the role technology plays in reducing drug diversion and doctor shopping, and providing ready access to services to support patients.

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Opioid Epidemic Must Also Be a Call to Arms for Healthcare IT

September 15, 2016

In a rare open letter to the nation’s doctors, U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy sounded a rallying cry to engage their greater participation in the opioid-abuse crisis afflicting our country. Missing from the Murthy’s commendable call to arms, though, was mention of the role technology plays in reducing drug diversion and doctor shopping, and providing ready access to services to support patients.

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Maine Medical Association Selects DrFirst’s Rcopia® and EPCS Gold® Software as Recommended E-prescribing Solution

September 12, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. & MANCHESTER, Me.–The Maine Medical Association (MMA) has selected DrFirst software as its recommended e-prescribing solution in the run-up to the July 1, 2017 legal deadline set by the state in requiring the electronic prescribing of opioid medications. DrFirst, a pioneer in providing e-prescribing solutions for both legend drugs and controlled substances, is one of a select handful of vendors that meet federal regulatory requirements for electronically sending controlled substance prescriptions to pharmacies.

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DrFirst to Integrate Backline, its HIPAA-Secure Communications
Platform, into BestRx Pharmacy Management System

June 1, 2016

DrFirst, a pioneer in electronic prescribing, electronic medication management, secure messaging and care collaboration solutions, today announced it has partnered with Best Computer Systems to integrate Backline, DrFirst’s secure, HIPAA-compliant communication and care collaboration platform, into the BestRx Pharmacy Management System.

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DrFirst to Educate Healthcare Leaders and ONC Policy Makers on the Latest Trends in Healthcare Price Transparency

June 1, 2016

DrFirst, a pioneer in electronic medication management, secure communications and other SaaS solutions, will educate healthcare leaders, technology providers, ONC leaders and other policy makers June 1st during the Price Transparency Showcase at the ONC Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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DrFirst Acquires The IN Group

May 31, 2016

DrFirst, a pioneer in e-medication management software and services, today announced it has acquired certain assets of California-based The IN Group, a consulting services firm that helps hospitals using MEDITECH healthcare information systems optimize clinical and technical workflows in order to enhance patient safety, increase provider efficiency and meet regulatory requirements.

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DrFirst’s Rcopia E-Prescribing Platform Earns
Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award

May 2, 2016

DrFirst, a pioneer in electronic prescribing, secure messaging and other healthcare SaaS solutions, has again been awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award for the e-prescribing excellence of Rcopia, the company’s market-leading e-prescribing platform. The 2015 White Coat of Quality Award recognizes organizations that meet rigorous e-prescribing standards around quality assurance.

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N.Y. State Mandate for e-Rx of Controlled Substances Takes Effect; What’s the Climate Like?

March 25, 2016

After a year’s delay, electronic prescribing of controlled substances — and all prescription drugs — becomes mandatory in New York state on Sunday. It’s the first state to have such a law that’s actually enforceable.

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