DrFirst Healthcare Technology Blog

Opioid Crisis Symposium Highlights Need for Public-Private Partnerships

Linda Fischer

June 12, 2018

At the recent CRITICAL CONNECTIONS Opioid Crisis Symposium organized by Modern Healthcare, the complexity of the opioid problem was clear. As one of the worst epidemics the US has faced in its history, the causes and cures must be tackled from many directions including prevention, education, and treatment.

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Lt. Gov. Meeting Highlights Need to Give Prescribers Easy Access to PDMP Data

Cam Deemer

April 25, 2018

Combating the Opioid Crisis, Together DrFirst’s technology is being increasingly used across the country to fight the opioid epidemic by giving prescribers the tools they need to identify patients who are addicted, or at risk of becoming addicted, to these dangerous drugs.

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Healthcare Must Step Up Its Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Linda Fischer

February 12, 2018

I’ve been a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) for 23 years, most of that time as CIO of Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York. When I was invited to join CHIME’s Opioid Task Force, I knew I had to accept, believing strongly that CHIME is uniquely positioned to advocate for meaningful change in how healthcare organizations address the national emergency of opioid addiction. 

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DrFirst Response to The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Report

Tom Sullivan, M.D.

December 21, 2017

DrFirst wholeheartedly supports efforts to combat the national opioid crisis.  While the focus on increasing awareness of this deadly epidemic is valuable, we must consider and address the underlying issues that have driven the situation to crisis proportions.  Without that, we run the risk, as we are starting to see now, of prescribers and the healthcare industry reacting to the opioid crisis by simply reducing opioid prescribing. 

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Mobile Medication Management: Holding Your Practice’s Future in Your Fingertips – Literally

Tom Sullivan, M.D.

December 19, 2017

Think about the last time you logged into your computer just to check the weather or determine what movie you want to see on the weekend. You can probably measure the time in weeks or months. The reality for most of us is that mobile devices are rapidly supplementing or replacing desktop computers and laptops as our go-to devices for information during what we call in healthcare the “ADLs” – Activities of Daily Living”.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but not for everyone

Tom Sullivan, M.D.

December 12, 2017

“There’ll be much mistletoeing And hearts will be glowing When love ones are near It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”   If you love the holiday season, you likely share Andy Williams’s enthusiasm for the wealth of celebrations and fun activities this time of year.

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Top 10 Reasons for Dentists to E-prescribe

Michael Kaminski, DDS, FAGD

December 8, 2017

Listed below are the top ten reasons why dentists should use e-prescribing in their dental practices. 1. Improve Patient Safety
E-prescribing can significantly reduce medication errors that claim an estimated 7,000 lives each year in the US.  The ADA Council on Dental Practices notes that these errors are caused primarily by illegible handwriting, unclear abbreviations, dose errors, ambiguous orders and fax clarity—most of which are avoidable with e-prescribing.

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3 out of 4 Hospital Leaders say Inaccurate, Incomplete Medication History Data is a Big Concern

Brad Block

June 28, 2017

Hospital executives believe that applying a multidisciplinary effort will improve their medication reconciliation process, according to a recent study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Foundation on behalf of DrFirst. Yet, despite their efforts to engage multiple departments, 3 out of 4 respondents still worry that medication history data is incomplete and/or inaccurate.

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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

August 26, 2014

Several years ago, we embarked on a journey that no other health IT company had taken to date: we participated in a study that dramatically shifted the e-prescribing landscape by adding controlled substances as a capability. I am happy to share that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a video about the three-year project.

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Virginia Mandates EPCS


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, M.D.

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, M.D.

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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