DrFirst Healthcare Technology Blog

Hold up! Don’t start secure texting orders just yet, Joint Commission says

Tom Sullivan

June 17, 2016

By now you’ve heard that the Joint Commission this year issued an about-face on its ban against using secure text to send orders, stating that yes, you can use secure, encrypted text messaging platforms to communicate orders for treatment, patient care or services to the hospital or other health care settings.

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Embracing Electronic Medication History: 3 Functions to Consider

Nick Barger

June 14, 2016

Medication reconciliation is a hot topic, and has been for years. Obtaining a patient’s complete, accurate medication history remains a source of tremendous frustration for many clinicians. The best medication reconciliations almost always begin with obtaining an accurate, complete, current, patient-validated home medication list.

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Joint Commission allows texting of orders

Peter Kaufman

April 28, 2016

The Joint Commission has reversed its prohibition against texting orders for patient care, treatment, or services, signaling the accreditor’s recognition of technology’s disruptive impact on healthcare—and its powerful role in care delivery. Effective immediately, prescribers may use a secure text messaging application to text such orders to the hospital or other health care settings “as long as a secure text messaging platform is used and the required components of an order are included,” the accreditor states in the May 2016 issue of its Perspectives newsletter.

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Helping Physicians Take Full Advantage of EPCS

DrFirst

April 21, 2016

With e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) legal in all fifty states for Schedules II – V, and more than 54,000 pharmacies across the country now EPCS-enabled, it’s time to turn our focus to helping physicians take full advantage of the workflow and patient safety benefits of e-prescribing for both legend drugs and controlled substances.

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Key benefits of e-prescribing controlled substances

Peter Kaufman

March 17, 2016

Better workflow efficiencies, improved patient safety and decreased drug abuse and diversion are just some of the wide-reaching benefits of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gave its official approval of EPCS in 2010 when the DEA revised its regulations to give practitioners the option of transmitting Schedule II-V prescriptions electronically.

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DrFirst Interviews Healthcare Thought Leaders

Wendy Johnson

March 11, 2016

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…unless it’s a ton of great ideas, new connections, valuable insights–and a fever, chills and rattling chest! (Did anyone else spend a few days in bed with that nasty #HIMSSflu that seemed to take down a significant cross-section of the conference cohort?)   We’re excited to share with you a collection of conversations that the DrFirst Roving Reporter team conducted with executives from across the healthcare industry.

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How To Comply With New York I-STOP

Peter Kaufman

September 1, 2015

New York providers need to be aware of the two key requirements in order to comply with coming I-STOP mandate deadlines: E-prescribing Requirement All prescriptions for both legend and controlled drugs in the state of New York must be sent electronically (e-prescribed) by March 27, 2016.

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5 Signs Your Hospital is Ready for Electronic Medication Reconciliation

Brad Block

August 5, 2015

The Joint Commission requires hospitals to conduct medication reconciliation for each patient at the time of admission into a facility, at each transition of care, and at discharge, in order to accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care.

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I-STOP or Not - Why Physicians Should Start E-prescribing Now

Peter Kaufman

May 27, 2015

Many New York physicians feel as if they dodged a bullet on March 13th, when Governor Cuomo signed bill S2486, delaying the mandatory e-prescribing component of the I-STOP bill for one year. We now have until March 27, 2016 to comply with the law, but that deadline is closer than it appears. 

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A Case for Electronic Prior Authorization

Maria Barhams

December 1, 2014

The following might sound like a joke but the scenario isn’t funny: A patient walks into a pharmacy to pick up her prescription, and heads to the counter to get her prescription filled only to learn that the drug requires prior authorization from her insurance company.

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EPCS Adoption: What Comes First, the Chicken (Pharmacies) or the Egg (Physicians)

Michelle Soble-Lernor and Peter Kaufman

November 21, 2014

When it comes to EPCS adoption, there’s a classic case of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In this particular instance the question is: which comes first in terms of controlled substance electronic prescribing adoption, the pharmacy or the provider?

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Hello, It’s Telemedicine Calling.

Vlada Barlow

November 4, 2014

As I sit in my home office with the security icon blinking on the screen of my company-issued laptop, it dawns on me how much nearly every profession relies on remote communication. From banking, to education, and even to matchmaking, people use technology to communicate with others near and far, often making life changing decisions at a distance.

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T-Minus 169 days…the Clock is Ticking for New York Providers

Michelle Soble-Lernor and Peter Kaufman

October 3, 2014

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 This is the headline that jumps off of the page on the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s (BNE) website, and March 27 is the drop-dead date, no ifs ands or buts. March 27 is only 169 days away, and all physicians, with few exceptions, must go paperless for both legend and controlled substances.

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Elements of a Patient-Centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

Maria Barhams

September 19, 2014

Increasingly provider compensation and penalties are associated with the quality of care they deliver to their patients and whether those patients heed their advice. Although there is not a quick fix formula to ensure a patient complies with provider guidance, strategies exist to enhance patient engagement and accountability.

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VIDEO: AHRQ Highlights Pioneer Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Study

Peter Kaufman

August 26, 2014

Several years ago, we embarked on a journey that no other health IT company had taken to date: we participated in a study that dramatically shifted the e-prescribing landscape by adding controlled substances as a capability. I am happy to share that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a video about the three-year project.

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