We have a deep background in successfully deploying DEA-complaint authentication platform designed to provide EPCS-enabled care providers with identify-proofing, two-factor authentication, and auditing and reporting.
Used in conjunction with existing Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs), EPCS creates accountable and secure practices for those who prescribe and dispense controlled substances. EPCS allows healthcare providers to send prescriptions directly to a pharmacy electronically, eliminating the need for paper prescription pads, which can be altered, forged, or stolen to obtain prescriptions.
We believe that Less than 3 percent of all prescriptions for controlled substances are sent electronically last year. One of the major barriers to EPCS adoption in NY, NJ, MA, FL and other states across the U.S., has been the lack of technologies available to meet DEA requirements without inhibiting workflow and inconveniencing providers or patients. However, New York State has been able to overcome this barrier, and has not only adopted EPCS, but also mandated it through its Internet System for Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP). The mandate is 03/27/2016 for State of NY which means there will be no Paper Prescription.
EPCS addresses prescription drug abuse and saves lives by minimizing the risk of altered, stolen, or fraudulent prescriptions: Providers no longer have to hand paper prescriptions to patients.
EPCS is easy for providers to use and saves time and money by eliminating dual workflows: Providers access EPCS technology with hands free authentication through Bluetooth technology on the personal mobile devices they keep in their pockets. This makes two-factor authentication quick and simple, reducing steps and enabling providers to spend more time with patients.
EPCS improves patient satisfaction: EPCS gives patients more face time with providers and put more time back in their schedules. Before EPCS implementation, patients, many who rely on public transportation, had to spend time and money traveling to and from their pharmacies multiple times, dropping off and picking up paper prescriptions, often on their days off work. Now they only need to stop by the pharmacy once and the prescription is filled and ready for them when they arrive.
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ePrescribing Implementation for your Health System – Key Words
Electronic prescribing known as e-prescribing (eRx & EPCS) is defined as an electronic transmission of prescriptions from Providers to Pharmacists using computer and other mobile devices, such as cell phone and tablets. E-prescribing systems are used in various applications including preparation of complete medication list, data security checks, complete information of formulary and patient historical data.
We could help as we have deep Project Management capabilities to ensure that your team is ready for the mandate. We bring to bear EMR cum ePrescription implementation of McKesson, Allscripts or DrFirst Software for your Health System.
Key Words in ePrescribing
ADT – Admission, Discharge and Transfer
AEHR – Ambulatory Electronic Health Record, an EMR cum ePrescription software application by Allscripts for Outpatients
SaaS – Software as a Service. A service (usually a business) that provides remote access to an application program across a networkprotocol, typically HTTP. A common example is a website that other websites use for accepting payment by credit card as part of their online ordering systems.
BNE – Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) is responsible for protecting the public health by combating the illegal use and trafficking of prescription controlled substances. The Bureau provides millions of secure Official New York State Prescriptions annually to over 95,000 prescribing practitioners across the State. BNE monitors and regulates controlled substances through its issuance of licenses to manufacturers, distributors, hospitals, nursing homes, and researchers.
CMIO – Chief Medical Information Officer
COA – Credentialing Office Administrator. A Credentialing person in Health System to manage DrFirst InfinID processes
DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency
DOH – Department of Health
DOHNYS – Department of Health New York State
EDIS – Emergency Department Information System. An EMR cum ePrescribing Application from Allscripts for Emergency Room (ED)
DrFirst Rcopia – ePrescribe Software Vendor for Providers viz. Hospital System, Medical Groups, Medical Centers, Clinics, Urgent Care, Standalone sites etc. Rcopia software of DrFirst is for eRx and EPCS Gold 2.0 Software is for EPCS
HER – Electronic Health Record
EMR – Electronic Medical Record
EPCS – Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances. The regulatory requirement for EPCS dictates additional security checks for controlled substance e-Prescribing, including the use of 2 additional validations of provider identity.
ePrescribing – Sometimes also known as eRx, The process by which a prescription is electronically transmitted directly to the retail pharmacy to be filled (as opposed to hand-written or printed prescriptions that are handed to the patient for them to bring with them to the pharmacy).
eRx – Electronic Prescription
HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol
HCS – Health Commerce System or HCS Coordinators for Hospitals and Article 28 sites for BNE registration
InfinID – DrFirst software tool for 2 factor authentication for EPCS. InfinID App allows an organization to manage their users’ credentials through DrFirst’s identity exchange that allows distributed, federated management of identity, credential and application security controls
NPI – National Provider Identifier. NPI is a unique 10-digit identification number issued to health care providers in the United States by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The NPI has replaced the unique provider identification number (UPIN) as the required identifier for Medicare services, and is used by other payers, including commercial healthcare insurers.
NYS – New York State
OCIO – Office of the Chief Information Officer
Rcopia (DrFirst) – An ePrescribing platform that includes e-Prescribing, medication reconciliation and medication history functionality. Implemented as stand-alone solution.
ROPES – Registration for Official Prescriptions and E-Prescribing Systems. ROPES is a new online application that allows the practitioner to renew or update their registration for the Official Prescription Program and register their certified electronic prescribing software application for controlled substances.
SCM – Sunrise Clinical Manager, An EMR cum ePrescribing Application from Allscripts for In Patients sites in a Hospital
TechCusp Program Manager for Pharmacy System can drive IT systems solutions to support your Pharmacy Operations. Pharmacy Project Managers could be hired Full Time / Part Time – Consultants for identifying and implementing new systems as well as enhancements / improvements to existing systems at your Health System. Our PM Develops operating procedures, strategies and plans to serve the internal and external users/customers that the systems support.
Collaborates with Pharmacy Operations leaders to ensure technical solutions are operationally sound and meet the needs of the business. Communicates issues, recommendation and implementation approaches to a range of audiences from the Pharmacy Operations leadership to technical audiences
Develops operational guidelines and governance around processes. Ensures business solutions are consistent with operation guidelines
Ensures that all enhancements/new systems are compliant with all Federal, state, municipal, and pharmacy boards. Maintains currency of current regulatory matters that affect the company and collaborates closely with Government Affairs on electronic prescribing
Functions as Company subject matter expert on all Electronic Prescribing and eHealth activities to professional organizations
Manages efforts for business requirements gathering and documentation, user acceptance testing (UAT) of initial concepts, approved enhancements, and testing with business partners.
Presents results and insights regularly to leaders. Measures and ensures continued service optimization
Prioritizes projects for implementation – functions as liaison between Pharmacy Operations and IT
Provides leadership to develop, test, and deploy fully automated Electronic Prescribing solutions (eRx & EPCS) and programs that drives increased safety and efficiency in our pharmacies by eliminating the need for manual data entry
Responsible for leading the identification of technology solutions that support Pharmacy Operations. Leads the design, build and deployment of new systems as well as enhancements/improvements to existing systems. Leads strategic development, implementation and maintenance of centralized routing work
Reviews development ideas for all Pharmacy Operations systems and determines if ideas are viable for the business model
Manage New York State mandate of March 27, 2016 by ensuring that your Health System is ePrescribing Compliant. Per the law, all Prescribing Prescribers (Doctors, PAs, NPs, etc.) must have the ability to ePrescibe both Controlled Substances (EPCS) and Non-Controlled Substances (eRx) directly to Pharmacy.
Electronic Prescribing known as ePrescribing (eRx & EPCS) is defined as an electronic transmission of prescriptions from Providers to Pharmacists using computer and other mobile devices, such as cell phone and tablets. E-prescribing systems are used in various applications including preparation of complete medication list, data security checks, complete information of formulary and patient historical data.
We could help as we have deep Program Management capabilities to ensure that your team is ready for the mandate. We bring to bear Platform / Apps implementation of Allscripts & DrFirst. We have hands-on experience on: