Don't Miss a Beat

See the technology that is making care transitions better

April 12, 2017

By John Andrews | April 10, 2017   Technology has created a new era of care transition that is empowering the post-acute sector while creating a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to the ultimate care of the patient. But although care transition has been a focus for years, it has gained greater prominence due to recent pressures of readmission penalties and prospective payment models that require providers to assume more risk, said Tom Sullivan, MD, chief strategic officer for Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst.

Read More

E-prescribing's Next Steps: Controlled Substances

March 28, 2017

Electronic prescribing is now widely used by providers, but it has not yet fulfilled its potential. Controlled substances can be legally e-prescribed in all 50 states, but use of e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) is not mandatory in 47 states, limiting its benefits at a time when abuse of prescription drugs such as opioids is still grabbing news headlines.

Read More

Patients win when drug prices are more transparent and online

March 28, 2017

Getting sick can be expensive. Once you consider the cost of medical care and medications, plus the impact of lost wages from missing work, an unexpected illness or injury can quickly do serious damage to a family’s monthly budget. Read More

Read More

DrFirst Receives Two Awards for Exceptional Corporate Culture

March 27, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. – DrFirst, the innovative leader in delivering medication management solutions that improve clinical workflows, enable secure care collaboration and enhance patient safety, announces that it has received recognition from two leading publications for its positive corporate culture and employee-centric work environment.

Read More

Secure messaging: It’s a clear win for health care

March 16, 2017

Smart phones make life easier for hospital providers, but their use isn’t permitted when it comes to secure messaging for patient care orders. Despite this, secure messaging still provides key advantages for healthcare organizations as detailed in this guest post by Linda Fischer, senior director of product solutions for a software solutions and services provider.

Read More

Opioid Abuse: If EPCS Is The Answer, Why Hasn't It Worked?

March 6, 2017

By Peter N. Kaufman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, DrFirst With an ever-increasing focus on addressing the opioid epidemic from key stakeholders — law enforcement, legislators, and healthcare providers — one would expect to see improvement. Yet opioid misuse and abuse continues unabated.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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).

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More