Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) research and demonstration project with DEA and Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Goal: demonstrate the feasibility of transmitting controlled substances through electronic prescribing using DEA guidelines.
- Participants: DrFirst, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), eRx Network, Berkshire Health Systems, Inc. Funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Granted a waiver by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to send e-prescriptions for Schedule II-V medications.
- DrFirst securely transmitted electronic prescriptions that would meet the DEA’s strict requirements. The DEA has since issued an interim final rule based on the security features demonstrated by DrFirst. Results of the project are expected to contribute significantly to speeding adoption of controlled drug e-prescribing nationwide.
DrFirst and MEDITECH Partnership
- DrFirst is exclusively integrated with MEDITECH hospital systems to create a comprehensive medication management solution and enhance patient safety by providing access to a patient’s medication claim history during medication reconciliation.
- DrFirst has also integrated beneficiary plan data for medication tiers into the MEDITECH Ambulatory Order Management prescription writing tool. This enhanced CPOE process empowers physicians to select treatments which are both clinically and cost effective for their patients upon discharge.
DrFirst “Open Borders”
- In 2004, DrFirst adopted a corporate strategy to promote interoperability and integrate deeply with Electronic Health Record (EMR/EHR), Practice Management System (PMS), and other health IT software vendors to bring the true power of electronic prescription management and clinical data exchange to their clients. Over 200 health IT vendors have partnered with DrFirst for these integrated solutions. DrFirst promotes broad interoperability in order to create a non-disruptive upgrade path from e-prescribing to an EMR/PMS or other health IT technology.
Maine HealthInfoNet Partnership with DrFirst and MaineCare
- Goal: build and operate Maine’s statewide health information exchange
- DrFirst provides medication history to HealthInfoNet’s secure clinical data repository by hosting Maine Medicaid data and connecting to information from health plans and pharmacies nationwide. More than 2,000 healthcare providers in Maine, will have access to HealthInfoNet’s HIE.
- DrFirst provides Rcopia and Rcopia AcuteCare to ambulatory and hospital providers for electronic prescribing and access to medication histories. These systems satisfy requirements for national physician incentive programs (MIPPA and ARRA).
- Maine HealthInfoNet estimates $50 million savings/year due to fewer unnecessary and duplicative tests, procedures, prescriptions and hospital admissions
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