PDR Network today announced a new milestone for their Electronic Health Record (EHR) network–strategic partnerships signed with 18 leading EHR Vendors representing approximately 75,000 EHR prescribers as well as more than a quarter of a million additional end users. These partners include:
Surescripts has announced the release of “The National Progress Report on E-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare, Year 2011.” The National Progress Report features an analysis of data that tracks the status of e-prescribing adoption and use in the United States from 2008 – before the advent of federal incentives – through 2011. The report provides a measure of the actual adoption and use of e-prescribing nationwide, making it the only report of its kind in the U.S. The report also features two studies: one that measures the impact of e-prescribing on medication adherence; and a second that analyzes utilization of e-prescribing to determine the attainability for the e-prescribing measure in Stage 1 and Stage 2 (as proposed and if adopted today) of the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
By the end of 2011, 58 percent of office-based physicians were using e-prescribing. In terms of practice size, adoption rates are highest among smaller practices with six to 10 physicians (55 percent) and two to five physicians (53 percent). The most significant growth in physician adoption of e-prescribing occurred among solo practitioners – from 31 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2011. Among specialty groups, e-prescribing adoption rates are highest among internists (81%), endocrinologists (78%), cardiologists (76%) and family practitioners (75%).
Other highlights from the report include:
- The number of electronic prescriptions routed in 2011 grew to 570 million, up from 326 million [Read more…]
PDR Network and the not-for-profit iHealth Alliance today announced a new drug safety certification program for electronic health record and ePrescribing platforms designed to improve drug and patient safety, and reduce provider liability. The certification will allow healthcare providers to quickly and easily understand if minimum drug safety information and services are available in the EHR system they are selecting for purchase or using with their patients.
The new certification program – “PDR Certified” – will have standards set by the iHealth Alliance, a not-for-profit board made up of executives from U.S. medical societies, professional liability carriers, patient safety groups and liaison members from the federal government. PDR Network will administer the program and has provided the Alliance the use of its well-recognized brand for the new EHR drug safety certification.
“The use of EHRs and electronic prescribing has grown rapidly in recent years, driven by large federal and industry incentives,” explained Nancy Dickey, M.D., the Chair of the iHealth Alliance and former American Medical Association (AMA) President. “It is vitally important that these systems include standards for drug safety functionality, and that these standards are easy for busy physicians to identify and understand – fortunately these goals are shared widely and are in sync with those called for by the FDA.” [Read more…]
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) there are over 800 certified electronic health record and e-prescribing technology vendors in the nation. Of that number, only 64 were recently awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2011, recognizing these vendors for upholding the highest standards of prescription content quality in e-prescribing. DrFirst is proud to be the e-prescribing partner to 44 of these organizations though their Rcopia e-prescribing platform. DrFirst has been a Surescripts White Coat of Quality award recipient for two consecutive years, since the inception of the program in 2010.
“We are proud to be partnered with over two-thirds of all the health IT vendors who received the Surescripts White Coat of Quality award this year,” says G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “As the industry continues to demand increases to certification requirements and regulations, our mutual commitment to quality and innovation is instrumental to both our partners’ and DrFirst’s continued success. Being recipients of the award should bring a high level of confidence that our partners as well as DrFirst continually strive to deliver the best possible EHR and e-prescribing solutions to our customers.” [Read more…]
Xpress Technologies, a leading electronic health records (EHR) software company, and DrFirst, the leader in electronic prescribing and medication reconciliation, announced today that Xpress Technologies has publicly launched a true “end-to-end” e-prescribing solution through its integration with DrFirst’s award winning GoldRx™ certified Rcopia™ e-prescribing technology.
This integration allows XpressCharts EHR users to submit regulatory-compliant e-prescriptions to pharmacies through a real-time, fail-safe, clinical transaction network.
“Xpress Technologies has demonstrated its commitment to best practices by bringing the benefits of electronic prescribing to healthcare professionals, including the ability to electronically prescribe controlled substances utilizing DrFirst’s EPCS Gold™ platform,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president, DrFirst, Inc. “We value their forward-thinking commitment to providing high quality information tools to improve the prescription-writing process for their providers and patients.” [Read more…]
DrFirst’s EPCS Gold™ 2.0 – the first solution to meet all DEA criteria for electronically prescribing controlled substances – has now been adopted by more than 70 EHR firms through DrFirst’s Open Borders program. With this groundbreaking advance in e-prescribing, certified HIT companies are able to add electronic prescribing of controlled substances to the list of features provided to their clients. EPCS Gold™ eliminates the significant development time, complexity and costs for EHR companies.
“These companies have become the first EHRs in the country to offer physicians the ability to prescribe controlled substances electronically,” said Zach Fox, VP of partner programs for DrFirst. “With the addition of EPCS Gold™, EHR vendors can offer doctors a complete e-prescribing solution.”
A pioneer in secure e-prescribing and currently the only vendor providing EPCS services, DrFirst offers EPCS Gold™ as a platform accessible to any EHR or HIS vendor. With the advent of controlled substance e-prescribing, practices can create a single workflow for all prescriptions. For years, the inability to e-prescribe controlled substances, combined with DEA restrictions, was an obstacle for the broad adoption of e-prescribing. As a result, many practices that prescribe large numbers of controlled substances avoided e-prescribing altogether. With EPCS Gold™, EHR vendors can now offer a comprehensive e-prescribing system. [Read more…]
DrFirst is running an interesting HIMSS promotion that is based around what they’re calling the “HIMSS Hero”. They have created a video and are running a contest with the winner receiving a classic Las Vegas night on the town complete with a limo, dinner and a show. To enter the contest all you need to do is to comment on their YouTube video titled “Healthcare Hero SAVES HIMSS12.”
You can see the video below, but to enter the contest you’ll need to add your comment on the YouTube video page, which is linked to above.
DrFirst Provides affordable e-prescribing and Meaningful Use solutions that can qualify your practice for federal incentives. To learn more you can visit their website.
Myca Health Inc. is announcing the release of version 5.0 of its cloud-based Hello Health® Patient Management solution for primary care practices. The platform connects patients and their primary care physician through an integrated electronic health record, online patient portal and a suite of secure, web-based communication tools. Hello Health version 5.0 is Surescripts® certified for prescription routing among many new features designed to streamline workflow for primary care physicians and their staff. Hello Health is a free EHR-based solution for primary care practices and generates incremental income for physicians through a revenue-sharing patient subscription model.
“Hello Health version 5.0 is our most significant release to date and reflects our focus on providing the most complete Patient Management solution for primary care,” said Nat Findlay, CEO and founder of Myca Health. “Not only is Hello Health version 5.0 2011/2012 compliant and certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), but with this release Hello Health version 5.0 is Surescripts certified for prescription routing. Additional features improve task management, claims and billing and document management leveraging the breadth of the Hello Health platform as the operating system of today’s family practice, internal medicine or pediatric office.” [Read more…]
Practice Fusion has announced that its award winning e-prescribing software has been revamped; creating a faster, simpler and more streamlined user experience based on community feedback. The company’s free e-prescribing technology flagged more than 7,000 deadly drug interactions for medical professionals in 2011 alone.
Recently recognized as the top EMR for e-prescribing by Brown-Wilson’s Black Booking Ranking survey of 120,000 medical providers, Practice Fusion’s e-prescribing software is often used as a gateway technology for doctors moving away from paper medical records. Bitten by the digital bug, a majority of users that signed up for the e-prescribing system later select Practice Fusion as their complete EMR solution.
“It’s a new year and we are focused on developing new free technology that saves lives, while delivering a great experience every time a doctor signs on,” said Ryan Howard, CEO and Founder of Practice Fusion. “Even one less click means physicians can spend more time focusing on the patient and delivering quality care.”
New e-Prescribing Features:
- The new e-prescribing workflow reduces the number of screens required to complete a prescription in half; the number of clicks required is also reduced by half [Read more…]
HealthITBuzz has posted a great Q&A with a local doctor practicing in rural Ellsworth, Wisconsin, affectionately known as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. The article addresses the use of his Electronic Health Record, Meaningful Use and e-Prescribing.
One of the gems of the article is his story of refilling a prescription while he was eating at McDonalds.
Last summer, I was in Estonia at a McDonald’s. And I had a patient email me and say, “I’m out of my high blood pressure meds.” Because I now have a mobile app for my EHR, I was able to get into the patient’s medical record through my smart phone and look up the needed prescription. Then, I refilled it in the local pharmacy, over the Web. If I can access the Internet, whether it’s on my iPad, my laptop, or my smart phone, I can access a medical record.
You can’t be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the information is, and that’s the important part. So if a patient calls my partner who’s covering that night, she can go on a computer or smart phone, and look up the patient’s medical record.
If you’re looking for nuts and bolts information about the benefits of using an EHR in a rural community this article is well worth reading.