January 10, 2005
DrFirst Inc., of Maryland, has sold its system to about 750 Massachusetts physicians. Doctors also said that e-prescriptions are more convenient for their patients because they don’t have to bring a paper prescription to the pharmacy and wait for the pharmacist to fill it; they simply go pick it up their medication after the doctor sends the order.
The Massachusetts Medical Society, an advocacy organization for the state’s physicians, agreed to promote DrFirst’s e-prescribing system, in return for the company’s providing it to doctors at a steep discount, $150 to $250 a year. Health insurers are interested in paying for e-prescribing partly because the software checks whether the doctor has chosen the cheapest drug, and if not, suggests a lower-cost alternative, which could save insurers money on soaring drug costs. Zix also is struggling to get devices to doctors and convince them to set aside time for training; only about 600 of the 2,200 doctors with contracts are ready to e-prescribe. Dr. Alberto Sobrado, a Caritas Christi physician who practices in North Andover, started using the DrFirst system a year ago, and said doctors and nurses in his office now write 80 percent of prescriptions electronically.”
DrFirst also provides leading edge secure text messaging platforms for physicians, hospitals and EMR/EHR vendors.