E-Prescribing

The Right Access to the Right Technology Can Help Solve Opioid Abuse in New York

By Steve Marchbank, MD
Vice President – Strategic Product Solutions for DrFirst

Addressing the nation’s opioid crisis is no simple task. It’s a multi-factorial problem that must include multi-pronged solutions—including cooperation and collaboration among the medical and pharmacy communities, government, social programs, and regulatory agencies.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are one way that states are working with doctors to keep them informed about their patients’ opioid prescribing histories, especially as related to coordination of care with other providers. As of July 1st, Maryland and Florida joined 40 other states including New York that now require prescribers to check PDMP databases before prescribing opioids. In addition, there are now 26 states that allow their PDMP databases to be integrated into the e-prescribing workflow (see infographic).

Both of these developments represent progress in the fight against the opioid crisis. Prescribers’ use of PDMP data may have contributed to the 22 percent decrease in opioid prescribing recently reported by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Information about iPrescribe


Please Click Here to access the self-registration site for iPrescribe.

Please Click Here for a tutorial on how to use iPrescribe.

Please Click Here for a video testimonial from a psychiatrist currently using iPrescribe.

 

Informational Webinar About DrFirst e-Prescribing Products

DrFirst, NYSPA's endorsed e-prescribing software vendor, offers a substantial discount for use of its e-prescribing smartphone application, iPrescribe, and its stand-alone e-prescribing software, Rcopia/EPCS. To learn more about DrFirst products, including how to sign up to use iPrescribe for one year at no cost to you, NYSPA members are invited to join the webinar presentation and product demonstration scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm. 

Please click on the link below to register for the June 27th webinar.

Register for June 27th webinar

 

DrFirst Helps to Lead Community Health Initiative in New York


Recently, MedCity, a leading healthcare industry publication, released a profile of DrFirst’s Connected Care Communities initiative, working with two hospitals in New York, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and Oswego Health. This initiative assists healthcare providers in better collaborating with each other and their patients.

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DrFirst Named as New NYSPA Endorsed eRx Vendor

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PA is pleased to announce that it has endorsed DrFirst as its new preferred vendor for electronic prescribing software. NYSPA's previous endorsement agreement with RxNT rec

ently ended and NYSPA has been in the process of identifying a new preferred vendor. As before, NYSPA's relationship with DrFirst will offer NYSPA members the opportunity to purchase electronic prescribing software at a significant discount.

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Electronic Prescribing Waiver Applications Now Available

The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) recently released its online electronic prescribing waiver request process, available through the Health Commerce System. Prescribers must have a Health Commerce System account in order to use the online waiver application. Paper applications are also available by calling BNE at 1-866-811-7957. One-year waivers may be granted to prescribers who demonstrate economic hardship, technological limitations or other exceptional circumstances. BNE has provided the following instructions for completing the online waiver application via the Health Commerce System: 

Instructions for Individual Practitioners - Click Here

Instructions for Group Practices - Click Here 

 

E-Prescribing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions on Mandatory Prescribing
[Based on Questions Submitted During 9/30/14 and 10/7/14 Webinars] 

Q:  I heard a rumor that mandatory electronic prescribing was being called off.  Is this true?

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Deadline for Mandatory Electronic Prescribing in 
New York March 27, 2016

 
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