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Nebraska requires reporting of all dispensed prescriptions to PDMP

January 8, 2018

Nebraska on January 1 became the first state to require pharmacists and pharmacies to report all dispensed prescriptions daily to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, not just controlled substances. “A year ago, we implemented the first stage of this law,” says Ashley Newmyer, epidemiology surveillance coordinator in the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, who notes that a previous law went into effect on January 1, 2017, mandating that all dispensed controlled substances be submitted on a daily basis to the PDMP.

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5 Reasons Why Mobile Medication Management is Critical to Your Practice in 2018

December 20, 2017

No one disputes that properly managing a person’s medications is key to effective treatment, including reducing adverse reactions. Unfortunately, physicians aren’t always able to take advantage of all available information when making clinical decisions because they are grappling with siloed data, disconnected workflows and incomplete information.

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HIStalk Interviews G. Cameron Deemer, President, DrFirst

October 17, 2017

Mr. HISTalk interviews G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst, about drug price transparency and the use of technology in fighting opioid abuse. Read More

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The Importance of FHIR in Closing Medication Data Visibility Gaps

October 11, 2017

Written by Kunal Agarwal, vice president of product solutions, DrFirst   If you have ever baked a cake from scratch, you can appreciate the value of a well-documented recipe. Consider how your cake might turn out if your recipe is incomplete and missing key details such as the number of eggs or the amount of sugar.

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Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

September 25, 2017

Healthcare organizations of all sizes know that it is important to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Secure messaging tools are becoming an increasingly popular option for that approach, as it can give clinicians a quick and efficient way to securely transmit information.

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UnitedHealthcare and DrFirst set out to change the drug prescribing experience

September 14, 2017

Price transparency: It’s a crucial part of any industry, and healthcare is no exception. From a patient perspective, knowing the price tag on medications is particularly significant. With that in mind, Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare has launched PreCheck MyScript, an online solution that simplifies the prescribing process.

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DrFirst Enables Free Mobile Medication Management Tool for Prescribers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

September 8, 2017

Rockville, MD – Hurricane Irma is expected to cause catastrophic destruction across Puerto Rico, Florida, and possibly other states, even as the Gulf Coast is working to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Many healthcare facilities and pharmacies are already unavailable for extended periods, and others soon will be.

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UnitedHealthcare Simplifies Drug Prescribing Experience for Care Providers and Patients with PreCheck MyScript

September 5, 2017

MINNETONKA, Minn. – UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, is making it easier and quicker for care providers to prescribe medications for their patients through a new online solution called PreCheck MyScript. With more than 4 billion prescriptions filled in the United States in 2016, writing a prescription is one of the most common activities in a routine office visit.

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The Nebraska Health Information Initiative Selects DrFirst to Aggregate Statewide Prescription Records

July 11, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md.—DrFirst, the market leader in ePrescribing and medication management solutions, announced that it was selected by the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to capture state prescription information and deliver it to Nebraska’s enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) which began January 1, 2017.

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Secure messaging platform improves productivity for pediatric hospital

June 26, 2017

In the first part of a two-part Q&A, Rick Simpson, clinical applications manager at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., discusses how the hospital decided to implement DrFirst and its Backline secure messaging platform, as well as how the platform has improved productivity and efficiency.

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Secure text messaging keeps parents and providers informed

June 26, 2017

In the second part of a two-part Q&A, Rick Simpson, clinical applications manager at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., talks about how secure text messaging is being used in different departments — such as the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, and radiology — to keep parents informed and engaged in their child’s care.

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SMS: The digital health tool of the century

June 26, 2017

Leading hospitals deploying secure messaging are finding that once the technology is in use, it opens up new doors to more innovation. Having the messaging platform in place, the security posture and policies in place enables hospitals such as Halifax and Ringgold to innovate in ways they otherwise could not.

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CHIME Survey Finds 3 Out of 4 Hospital Executives Are Concerned That Medication History Data is Incomplete and/or Inaccurate

June 22, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. – DrFirst, the market leader in e-prescribing and delivering intelligent medication management solutions that improve patient safety, today released survey findings identifying key medication reconciliation challenges faced by hospitals today. The survey[1] of hospital CIOs, CMIOs, Directors of Informatics and other hospital administrators, conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Foundation on behalf of DrFirst, points to a new trend: Technology alone isn’t enough; hospitals need true partnerships with their technology providers to effectively implement new processes and close any existing gaps around driving improved medication reconciliation and patient safety.

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DrFirst to Showcase Intelligent Medication Management Product Suite at 2017 Annual Physician-Computer Connection Symposium

June 21, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. – DrFirst, the market leader in ePrescribing and delivering intelligent medication management solutions that improve patient safety, today announced that attendees of the 2017 Annual Physician-Computer Connection Symposium can learn about real-world results of intelligent medication management at DrFirst’s table.

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The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and DrFirst Offer MSSNY Physician Members a Mobile E-Prescribing App

June 14, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. – DrFirst, the market leader in delivering intelligent medication management solutions that improve patient safety, and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) have announced today a partnership to bring mobile e-prescribing to MSSNY members. DrFirst, the exclusive, recognized e-prescribing vendor for MSSNY, is offering a free one-year license for MSSNY members who sign up by July 31, 2017.

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