DrFirst Healthcare Technology Blog

Mind the Gap…in Medication Management

Nick Barger

April 14, 2017

For decades, passengers on the London Underground (“the Tube”) were warned to “mind the gap” by the omnipresent, automated male voice, cautioning them to avoid stepping into the significant – yet somehow often unseen – space between the edge of the platform and the subway train.

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Care Collaboration: Good Communication is a “Must Have”

Linda Fischer

April 3, 2017

The ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill, whether you are a clinician, teacher, politician or in any occupation that requires people interaction. If you are married or a parent, you definitely understand the need for clear dialogue in relationships, as well as the frustrations that can arise when it is lacking!

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In-Workflow Prescription Drug Benefit Check

Patient Innovations Team

March 15, 2017

Without ever leaving the e-prescribing workflow, myBenefitCheckSM allows physicians to virtually go to the pharmacy with their patients. By providing patient specific drug coverage and pricing information along with therapeutic equivalent lower cost drug and pharmacy alternatives myBenefitCheck ensures the most clinically relevant course of action with the patient’s budget, well-being and medication adherence in mind.

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Virginia Mandates EPCS

Betsy Lee

March 15, 2017

Standing in front of the joint session of Congress, President Trump vowed to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” The same week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation mandating statewide electronic prescribing of controlled substances by 2020. The legislation, along with the executive’s mention of the devastating problem, signals an emerging trend: state and federal government officials are taking action against opioid addiction and are using EPCS as a vehicle to curb the rising death toll.

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Herding Cats and Changing Physician Behavior

Tom Sullivan

March 6, 2017

The idiom “herding cats” typically refers to the impossible task of organizing a class of entities that are uncontrollable or chaotic. As a physician, I can attest first-hand that managing doctors and changing physician behavior is quite a bit like herding cats.

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Key benefits of e-prescribing controlled substances

Peter Kaufman

July 26, 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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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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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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