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What a Year! DrFirst Achieves Historic Milestones in 2010

December 30, 2010

DrFirst, Inc., will mark 2010 as one of the most innovative and groundbreaking years in its 11-year history.  The year is distinguished by the company’s participation in the first DEA-approved electronic prescribing of a controlled substance, the ONC-ATCB certification of its newest product Rcopia-MU (Meaningful Use), the addition of over 50 new “Open Borders” partners, the 100% success rate in assisting over 20 partners to achieve various major industry certifications, and the recognition of DrFirst’s commitment to quality through several awards and industry rankings.

First DEA-approved E-prescribing of a Controlled Substance

In June of 2010, DrFirst publicly demonstrated its controlled substance electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) program and the feasibility of securely transmitting electronic prescriptions at the 2010 AHRQ Annual Health IT Grantee and Contractor meeting in Washington, DC. The presentation demonstrated a pilot program funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), undertaken by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), DrFirst, Emdeon/eRxNetworks and Berkshire Health Systems, Inc. under a waiver from the DEA. DrFirst’s successful transmission of Schedule II-V medications under the waiver granted to MDPH for this pilot was followed by the issuance of a DEA interim final rule based on the security features demonstrated by DrFirst.

CCHIT-eRx and ONC-ATCB Certification

In November 2010, DrFirst announced that Rcopia‐MU, Version 3, was 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on November 4, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC‐ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Certification number CC‐1112‐401680‐1). The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Also in 2010, DrFirst became one of only two vendors to receive CCHIT‐eRx certification for 2011 and 2012.

Open Borders Partners Certifications


During 2010, DrFirst welcomed over 50 additional HIT vendors to its “Open Borders” Partners Program.  The company also assisted the following EHR companies to become ONC-ATCB-certified for offering meaningful use EHR and/or CCHIT 2011 certified EHR solutions:

  • Addison
  • Chartlogic, Inc.
  • eHealth Made EASY
  • Eyefinity/Officemate
  • First Insight, Inc.
  • Greenway Medical Technologies
  • HIT Services Group
  • IQ – EQ Systems
  • Intuitive Medical Software
  • Mdflow Systems, LLC
  • Medical Messenger
  • nextEMR
  • Secure Infosys
  • Sindhu Synergy
  • UNI/Care Systems
  • Universal EMR Solutions

Awards and Recognition

For the fourth consecutive year, DrFirst was acknowledged as a Surescripts Gold Solution Provider for its award-winning Rcopia e-prescribing management system.  In December, the company was also recognized by Black Book Rankings, an internationally recognized firm known for accurate, impartial customer satisfaction surveys, as one of the top Electronic Health and Medical Record organizations for 2011. DrFirst was also ranked in the top 200 of over 1,000 applicants in Lead411’s Technology 500 rankings and was named the second fastest growing technology company in Maryland where the company is headquartered.  These rankings were based on yearly revenue growth percentages from 2007 to 2009 of U.S.-based IT companies

The year 2011 promises to be equally exciting for DrFirst and its partners.  To learn the latest about DrFirst, visit the company’s booth during exhibit hall hours at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition (Booth 442), February 21-24, 2011 in Orlando, Fla., and the 2011 MUSE International Conference, May 31-June 3, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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