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EHNAC Approved as Certifier by DEA for E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program (EPCSCP)demonstrates vendor electronic prescription or pharmacy application compliance with stringent industry regulations

FARMINGTON, Conn. – January 27, 2015 – The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced its approval by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a certifier of electronic prescription of controlled substances applications. On December 3, 2014, the DEA approved EHNAC’s certification process.

As set forth in DEA regulations, before any electronic prescription or pharmacy application may be used to transmit or receive prescriptions, a third party must audit the application for compliance with the requirements of 21 CFR part 1311, or a certifying organization whose certification process has been approved by DEA, such as EHNAC, must verify and certify that the application meets the requirements.

EHNAC offers two certification programs for vendors handling e-prescribing of controlled substances – EPCSCP-Pharmacy and EPCSCP-Prescription. The two certification programs evaluate pharmacy and prescribing companies that offer applications supporting electronic prescription of controlled substances. Launched in September 2012, these programs are designed to demonstrate that vendors and their applications meet detailed DEA regulations as well as EHNAC core criteria addressing privacy, confidentiality, technical performance, business practices, resources and security.

“Receiving the DEA’s approval for our certification process of electronic prescription of controlled substances is a tremendous milestone in our efforts to create a higher standard of privacy and security and to assure stakeholder trust within healthcare data exchange,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Our EPCSCP accreditations support the overall goal of a closed system that reduces fraud for controlled substances, including the lost, misplaced, altered or forged prescription issues that have plagued healthcare in recent years. Ultimately, we hope this encourages more eprescribing entities to become certified, and more prescribers, patients and insurers to reap the efficiency benefits of electronic prescribing.”

Prior to EHNAC finalizing its approval as a certifier by the DEA, the EPCS programs were administered exclusively by Certified Information System Auditors (CISAs) to meet requirements of the DEA EPCS regulation. This process will now be streamlined and handled exclusively by EHNAC for new accreditation candidates.

EHNAC-accredited organizations and commission members Surescripts and Emdeon weighed in on the accomplishment:

“There is no question that secure, electronic prescribing benefits patients, prescribers and pharmacies, especially when it comes to prescribing controlled substances,” said Paul Uhrig, chief administrative and privacy officer of Surescripts. “Surescripts has worked collaboratively with EHNAC and others across the industry to make e-prescribing a reality, and we’re committed to doing the same with EPCS today.”

Kevin Mahoney, executive vice president of Emdeon added: “This recognition by the DEA is an important step forward for the healthcare industry given EHNAC’s position as a well-established standards development organization for accrediting a wide variety of entities who electronically exchange healthcare data. Emdeon is pleased to have had the opportunity to support EHNAC through this process.”

About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

January 27, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

gloStream Selects DrFirst to Integrate Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Integration to Support Substantial Push for Adoption of EPCS Driven by New York State’s I-STOP Law

TROY, MI and ROCKVILLE, MD December 29, 2014

gloStream, a performance management services company for independent medical practices, announced today that it will integrate electronic controlled substance e-prescribing (EPCS) capabilities with DrFirst, the leading provider of integrated medication management technology, into gloEMR, gloStream’s electronic medical record system.

gloStream is incorporating DrFirst’s EPCS GoldSM 2.0 controlled substance e-prescribing capability to build on its existing efforts to support medical professionals who increasingly recognize that prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States. gloStream will initially launch EPCS functionality to providers in New York to support compliance with New York’s Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing Law (I-STOP), which requires providers to electronically prescribe all legend drugs and controlled substances beginning on March 27, 2015.

“We understand the importance of giving providers a way to prescribe controlled substances within our system,” said Michael Sappington, CEO, gloStream. “DrFirst’s solution is easy to integrate, cost efficient for our practices, and is not only helping us address the I-STOP issue that is directly impacting New York providers now, it is positioning gloStream to support our users across the country with EPCS.”

Many practices currently write paper prescriptions for controlled substances and e-prescribe legend drugs, although

e-prescribing for controlled medications (Schedules II through V) has been available to providers nationwide since 2010, though with limited availability as EPCS began rolling out slowly at the state level. EPCS is now legal in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Access to the capability requires greater technical requirements than e-prescribing for legend drugs, as mandated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, including provider identity proofing, two-factor authentication functionality, and enhanced audit capabilities.

DrFirst currently processes over 60 percent of all controlled substance electronic prescriptions nationwide, making it theleader in this field. The availability of EPCS-enabled pharmacies has historically slowed provider adoption of EPCS capability; however, more than 45,000 U.S. pharmacies are now EPCS-enabled, with new pharmacies being added daily. EPCS offers significant social benefits to the greater healthcare system as it has been proven to assist providers in reducing prescription drug abuse and drug diversion, as well as in identifying “doctor shoppers” attempting to obtain controlled medications, such as hydrocodone combination drugs, which are abused at epidemic levels.

DrFirst’s proprietary data shows that provider adoption of EPCS is growing swiftly, in the last three-month period, Augustthrough October 2014, EPCS prescription volume jumped by more than 200 percent compared to the same period one year ago. Growing provider recognition of the benefits of EPCS, the rising number of pharmacies nationwide that are EPCS-enabled, and the greater number of EHR, EMR and HIS systems that are ready to handle EPCS, such as gloEMR, have all contributed to the significant increase in EPCS volume. Additionally, New York’s I-STOP law is seen by many as a leading indicator that similar initiatives will be pursued by other states and many healthcare organizations and providers have been encouraged to pursue EPCS in recent months as a result.

“Controlled substance management should be a standard functionality for EHR, EMR and HIS system vendors, so we designed EPCS Gold to be simple and fast to integrate,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “Vendors, especially those with New York doctors, must provide enough time to implement EPCS and to ensure that each provider successfully completes the identity proofing process before the I-STOP deadline. gloStream is supporting its providers to meet the requirements of the I-STOP mandate, which will inturn make gloStream ready to support doctors in any of the 49 states and the District of Columbia where EPCS is now legal.”

For more information about EPCS, download DrFirst’s report, “The Evolving Landscape for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An Industry Briefing for 2014,” which is available at http://go.drfirst.com/EPCSreport2014.

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About gloStream:
gloStream is a strategic and performance management services company focused on delivering value-based services. As practices continue to shift from a fee-for-services clinical and business model towards a fee-for-value model,they need access to the necessary expertise, tools and services to enable them to compete on value. gloStream’s gloComplete service helps practices prepare and transition to value-based care delivery and payment models. Our partnership and tailored approach combines performance management and value-based care solutions that align with the clinical and business interest of practices, assisting with the redesign of the care delivery model around value, and assist with benchmarking and continuous quality improvement. gloStream’s partnership enables practices to focus on the delivery of quality care so they can compete and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment.

For more information, please visit http://www.glostream.com. 

About DrFirst
DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing thedoctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security, andreliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Communication and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 300 EMR/EHR/HIS vendors and an extensive network of providers, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit www.drfirst.com.

December 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

eClinicalWorks Chooses Exostar’s New Identity Proofing and Second Factor Credential Authentication Service

ProviderPass Meets Security and Regulatory Compliance Requirements Necessary for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

HERNDON, VA, and WESTBOROUGH, MA, October 29, 2014Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced the general availability of its new turn-key, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) identity proofing and second factor credential authentication solution, ProviderPasseClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, has selected ProviderPass to expand its comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) product suite to include electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created strict technical EPCS requirements to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Healthcare providers who wish to e-prescribe controlled substances must complete a stringent identity proofing process and present a high-assurance digital credential to verify their identity and digital signature when they submit a prescription.

With ProviderPass, eClinicalWorks will deliver easy-to-use, innovative, affordable EPCS functionality to its customers, which include large hospital systems; large and small health systems; large, medium, small, and solo provider practices; correctional health services; and community health centers throughout the U.S.

“We wanted to deploy an EPCS capability that preserved a consistent end-user experience for our customers and met current and anticipated DEA requirements,” said Jinesh Gandhi, partner operations at eClinicalWorks.  “Exostar’s legacy in the aerospace and defense industry, known for the depth and breadth of its security and compliance requirements, was a critical factor in our decision.  That, along with their turn-key SaaS business model and proven track record credentialing organizations with tens of thousands of users, gave us confidence we would meet our objectives and obtain a competitive advantage.”

Exostar’s ProviderPass includes remote identity proofing conducted in conjunction with Experian or via live web cam video.  Individuals purchase a one-time password (OTP) hardware token through Exostar’s web store.  eClinicalWorks customers use its EHR system in tandem with an activated OTP token to seamlessly e-prescribe controlled substances.

Exostar is a full-service Credential Service Provider certified by the SAFE-BioPharma Association to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s 800-63 Level 3 standard mandated by the DEA.  Because SAFE-BioPharma is a U.S. Government-approved Trust Framework Provider, ProviderPass also aligns with U.S. Federal Identity and Credentialing Access Management (FICAM) requirements.

“eClinicalWorks clearly understands how EPCS simultaneously can improve patient outcomes, mitigate the illicit distribution of controlled substances, and enable providers to more efficiently and effectively focus on patient care,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions.  “We believe other health IT vendors will follow the lead of eClinicalWorks and turn to our ProviderPass service offering to enhance the security of their EHR solutions for EPCS and other use cases where identity verification and information protection are priorities.”

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain.  Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries.  Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 100,000 companies in 150 countries worldwide.  The Exostar community includes market leaders such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce.  For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, community health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Ten eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past six years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.

October 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DrFirst Launches Electronic Prior Authorization for Providers Nationwide with CoverMyMeds

DrFirst’s Patient Advisor ePA+ Service to deploy to 300 EMR Systems Beginning October 28th

Rockville, MD, October 17, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its new electronic prior authorization (ePA) service, Patient Advisor ePA+SM, will begin rolling-out to providers on October 28th.  Using the service, prescribers and their staff will be able to initiate, submit and complete prior authorizations electronically, and will be able to respond to prior authorizations that are initiated from pharmacies after a claim rejection, from within their eRx/EMR workflow.  The release of Patient Advisor ePA+ marks the first live prior authorization solution that is fully integrated within the e-prescribing process.  The service will encompass multiple prior authorization sources, beginning with CoverMyMeds, the industry leader in automating prior authorization processes for prescription drugs.

Prior authorization (PA) is the formulary management process requiring insurance carrier pre-approval for certain prescribed medications. Traditional PA – including paper forms, faxes and phone calls – is exceptionally time-consuming for medical practices, amounting to more than 20 hours per week per physician of staff time to support PA requirements.

The Patient Advisor ePA+ service will deploy to 150 of DrFirst’s more than 300 EMR, EHR and HIS system partners, as well as to all users of DrFirst’s Rcopia® and RcopiaMUSM stand-alone e-prescribing platforms.  In December, DrFirst will continue deployment of Patient Advisor ePA+ to the balance of its partner EMR, EHR and HIS systems.  This deployment schedule is designed to enable the availability and adoption of ePA capabilities that are truly meaningful to doctors and medical staff nationwide, and with no cost to their practices.

CoverMyMeds functionality has been fully integrated within DrFirst’s Patient AdvisorSM medication adherence and clinical content platform.  As a result of functionality provided by CoverMyMeds, Patient Advisor ePA+ will also be the first and only fully integrated ePA solution supporting all plans and all medications.  Patient Advisor is standard functionality within DrFirst’s e-prescribing technology, but can also be integrated directly within the workflows of third-party EMRs.

“Our intent with Patient Advisor ePA+ is to provide a full-spectrum, multi-source, easily integrated ePA solution to all EMR, EHR and HIS vendors,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Our leadership in other medication management areas, such as controlled-substance e-prescribing (EPCS), serves as a model for our ability to bring high-value technology to EMR systems; in the case of ePA, and with an exceptional partner like CoverMyMeds as the cornerstone of our service, we will similarly and rapidly make this transformative functionality available to providers.”

“CoverMyMeds offers an all-drug, all-payer prior authorization solution,” said Matt Scantland, co-founder of CoverMyMeds. “Our existing integrations with more than 45,000 pharmacy locations and 72% of payers makes us the most connected PA provider in the industry and we anticipate providers using Patient Advisor ePA+ will be able to reduce the amount of time required to process prior authorizations by as much as 70%.”

DrFirst will additionally integrate other ePA services into Patient Advisor ePA+, including Surescripts CompletEPA as well as connections with individual payers, PBMs and other multi-payer connections, in order to provide the most comprehensive selection of ePA sources to EHR and HIS system vendors nationwide.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Care Coordination and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR/HIS system vendors, and 650 hospitals and other acute care facilities. For more information please visit www.drfirst.com.

October 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

EPCS Gold Approaching 700,000 Controlled Substance E-Prescriptions Issued

Volume Represents an Estimated 60-Percent of All U.S. Controlled Substance Electronic Prescriptions to Date

Rockville, Md.– September 5, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that providers using the company’s EPCS GoldSM 2.0 controlled substance e-prescribing technology have issued more than 663,000 controlled substance prescriptions to date, and the company expects to surpass the 700,000 mark in mid-September.  This volume represents an estimated 60-percent of total U.S. electronic controlled substance prescriptions issued since 2010 and quantifies DrFirst’s position as the industry’s leading controlled substance e-prescribing solution.

E-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) was legalized at the Federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) interim final rule for e-prescribing of controlled substances.  EPCS is also legal at the State level in 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and beginning on March 27, 2015, New York will be the first state to mandate electronic prescribing for legend drugs and controlled substances through its Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing/Prescription Monitoring Program (I-STOP) legislation.

“The benefits of controlled substance e-prescribing are numerous, including preventing doctor shopping and drug diversion, streamlining prescribing workflows within practices, and enabling these prescriptions to be checked for clinical alerts at the time of prescribing,” said Peter Kaufman, M.D., chief medical officer for DrFirst.  “In light of our growing prescription drug epidemic and as evidenced by the growth we are seeing in the use of EPCS Gold, doctors now regard having controlled substance e-prescribing capability with a heightened sense of urgency.”

There is growing awareness of the prescription drug addiction problem in the U.S., evidenced most-recently by the DEA’s movement of hydrocodone combination drugs into the more-restrictive Schedule II classification in an effort to help stem misuse of such medications.  Controlled substances represent approximately 10 percent of all prescribed medications, however, the electronic processing of controlled substances is disproportionately more difficult than e-prescribing legend drugs, requiring additional technical and security certifications, identity proofing of providers, and two-factor authentication of a provider’s authorization to prescribed controlled substances electronically.

“More than 150 EMR and HIS systems have already contracted to integrate our technology within their systems, which will make controlled substance e-prescribing capability accessible to approximately 275,000 providers,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Given New York’s I-STOP regulation, the growth of EPCS-enabled pharmacies nationwide, and the proven effectiveness of EPCS Gold, we anticipate increasingly rapid adoption of our controlled substance e-prescribing technology over the coming year.”

For more information on the adoption and growth of controlled substance e-prescribing, download DrFirst’s report, “The Evolving Landscape for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An Industry Briefing for 2014,” at http://go.drfirst.com/EPCSreport2014.

To view the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality video, “AHRQ Health IT Success Stories – Forging a Pathway for E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances,” which chronicles the creation of EPCS Gold as the nation’s first controlled substance e-prescribing platform, visit http://www.drfirst.com/testimonials.jsp.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes.  Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Care Coordination and Collaboration.  We are proud of our track record of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR/HIS system vendors, and 650 hospitals and other acute care facilities.  For more information please visit www.drfirst.com.

September 5, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

NewCrop and PDR Network Partner to Provide PDR’s Drug Information Services to NewCrop EHRs

PDR Network is very excited to announce the addition of NewCrop – an industry-leading ePrescribing vendor – to their electronic health record (EHR) partner network.  With this partnership, their EHR network now includes 22 companies and reaches over 87,000 prescribers.  More importantly, they will now be providing their suite of interactive drug services via PDR BRIEF to prescribers through more than 180 EHR systems.

By joining their network and incorporating PDR interactive drug services, partners are able to enhance their EHR offerings with PDR Network’s updated drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs.  By placing this information at the point of care, they are able to increase their platform’s functionality and safety to meet the needs of their EHR end users and their patients.

Partnership Expands PDR’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Network by More than 17,000 New Prescribers

MONTVALE, NJ/HOUSTON, TX – July 31, 2012 –PDR Network® today announced a new strategic partnership with NewCrop, LLC to incorporate PDR’s critical drug services into NewCrop’s leading electronic prescribing platform, best-in-class technology relied on by more than 160 EHRs and 27,000 healthcare professionals.

“PDR Network has consistently demonstrated leadership in disseminating critical drug information and innovation in developing products and services to deliver that information in ways that best meet the needs of healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Lawrence Susnow, President, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, NewCrop. “Integrating PDR interactive drug services into our ePrescribing platform enables us to provide updated drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs at the point of prescribing, enhancing the ePrescribing experience to benefit healthcare professionals and their patients.”

Once integrated, NewCrop users will access critical time-sensitive drug information through PDR BRIEF – a real-time digital messaging platform developed by PDR Network to deliver important drug-specific concise messages at the point of prescribing. PDR BRIEF will provide quick access to the most timely drug label and safety information, regulatory and liability messages, as well as patient support and education information.

“As a true leader in the field of ePrescribing, we are very pleased to welcome NewCrop into our network of partners,” said Andrew Gelman, Senior Vice President-Corporate Development & EHR Vendor Relations, PDR Network. “NewCrop’s large and growing network of emerging EHRs will now have access to the very same PDR branded safety, regulatory and product support services and information currently being provided to the other 21 industry-leading EHRs in PDR’s network.”

By delivering critical drug information to prescribers via EHRs and ePrescribing platforms, PDR offers the unique opportunity to help ensure successful and safe therapy from the moment a medication is prescribed.  NewCrop anticipates full integration of PDR interactive drug services into their ePrescribing systems by September of this year.

About NewCrop

NewCrop LLC provides electronic prescribing systems, delivered over the Internet and designed for incorporation into other medical applications such as EHR’s. All features are available as a comprehensive user interface or, via data services, as individual components such as the new Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) module.  To learn more about NewCrop, please visit www.newcroprx.com.

About PDR Network

PDR Network, LLC is the leading distributor of FDA-approved drug labeling, safety and REMS information, as well as medication adherence and product support programs, through Physicians’ Desk Reference® (“PDR”) suite of print and digital services. PDR Network provides innovative products and services to deliver industry-leading content across channels, including PDR.net®, mobilePDR®, PDR®3D™ and directly through its extensive network of PDR Certified electronic health record partners. For more information, visit www.pdrnetwork.com.

August 20, 2012 I Written By

Physicians Interactive Announces New Zero-Click eCoupon™ Solution

Physicians Interactive (PI), announced the launch of eCoupon™, an automated voucher & coupon distribution solution.  This digital coupon program fits into HCPs’ ePrescribe workflows, powered by Allscripts, & provides more efficient ways to distribute medication coupons & vouchers to patients’ right at the point of prescribing.

Why is this news important?  For starters, a lack of patient medication adherence is costing the U.S. an estimated $100 billion every year.  eCoupon not only provides HCPs with easier access to prescription coupons & shares cost-savings on name brands with patients, it also aims to improve first-fill medication compliance.  And with millions of ePrescriptions being filled each year, HCPs are looking for ways to significantly reduce costs without negatively impacting patient care.  eCoupon provides the resources to do just that.

Automated Vouchers and Coupons Strengthens Physicians-Patient Relationship, Offering Valuable Cost-Savings Directly at the Point of Prescribing

Marlborough, Mass. – July 19, 2012 – Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals (HCPs), announced today the availability of eCoupon™; an automated voucher and coupon distribution solution for HCPs.  The eCoupon™ fits directly into the HCP’s ePrescribe workflow to provide patients with invaluable cost-savings on name brand prescriptions once a medication has been prescribed by a physician.  This announcement builds on PI’s expertise enabling life science companies to offer their value-add services within the physician workflow.  Additionally and at the same time, it will enhance the user experience for its robust network – of more than 875,000 physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals across all major specialties through its various online and mobile offerings.

PI and Allscripts have an agreement that enables delivery of eCoupons in an integrated fashion with Allscripts stand-alone ePrescribe™, the nation’s most widely used electronic prescribing software.  The agreement helps bring physician’s eCoupon™ – a digital coupon program –to meet a growing demand from physicians for patient-benefit resources within their ePrescribing workflow.  In 2011, the number of prescriptions being processed electronically climbed into the hundreds of millions, while the number of ePrescribers has more than tripled in only two years.1  This trend is supported by additional benefits such as the ease of use, time and cost saving advantages for prescribers, as well as the enhanced in-person experience for patients; enabling more informed decision making when discussing treatment and medicine options with their providers at the point of care.

“PI’s eCoupon™ fits directly into an existing workflow to give practitioners more efficient ways to select and distribute medication coupons and vouchers during the prescription process that can help reduce patient costs at the pharmacy and potentially improve overall compliance,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Vice Chairman of PI.  “As health systems strive to achieve Meaningful Use and adopt EHRs, there will be an increased importance on the exchange of clinical information between healthcare providers and their patients.  eCouponing is a great example of a tool that can empower patients to take a more active role in their care and ultimately; strengthen the physician-patient relationship.”

A lack of patient adherence to medication is a large and costly problem in the United States; adding an estimated 100 billion dollars in healthcare spending annually.2  Access to vouchers and coupons within a prescriber’s workflow can help to drive this cost down and improve first-fill medication adherence, creating an opportunity for higher adherence rates in the future.  Additionally, eCoupon™ consistently generates transactional reports and data to ensure that life science companies are able to gain insights on their target audience and stay up-to-date on their current eCoupon campaigns.

To find out more information about Physicians Interactive’s eCoupon™ solution please watch this short video.

1.        Surescripts.com: Clinician’s Guide to e-Prescribing

http://www.surescripts.com/media/800052/cliniciansguidee-prescribing_2011.pdf

2.        QualityMetric.com: Medication Adherence: Rx for Success

http://www.qualitymetric.com/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Public/MedicationAdherence_WhitePaper.pdf

About Physicians Interactive

Physicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that help medical professionals, anytime, anywhere, provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of Healthcare Professionals and Life Sciences Companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions. Physicians Interactive, a division of Skyscape.com, Inc., is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. For more information about PI, visit www.physiciansinteractive.com.

July 31, 2012 I Written By

Mitochon EHR Announces New Free Bundled Service – #HIMSS12

Mitochon Systems announces new bundled FREE functionality to enable and accelerate the formation and efficient operation of Accountable Care Organizations& Integrated Health Care Delivery in multi Provider Systems as well as supporting independent Physicians in digital healthcare delivery.  Mitochon’s FREE bundled service positions Physicians and Health Care Systems for ACO’s and underwrites increased profitability within the practice.

It is mandated that healthcare is heading toward Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS) which is a model that seeks to reduce healthcare costs, improve the quality of care, improve clinical outcomes while positively impacting the appropriateness and efficiency of the healthcare provided.

It will be difficult for other EHR’s to match Mitochon’s FREE bundled offerings that cover the whole practice:

FREE EHR

Mitochon is the first FREE ONC-ATCB Certified, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Physicians. The FREE EHR platform combines Scheduling, Charting, ePrescribing, Labs, Meaningful Use user reports and enables the collaboration of care required within an ACO structure. It is the backbone of integrated care delivery and it’s FREE!  Always allowing the physician to keep 100% of any incentive payments

FREE Practice Management Solution (PM)

Today Mitochon announces Q2 availability of our NEW FREE Practice Management software (PM).  This premium service is web based and easy to use for any multiple provider office or solo practitioner, making day-to-day clinical services smarter not harder. This new service will improve efficiency allowing for less time spent on billing and increase payments collected as well as improve practice cash flow, enabling Physician’s to focus on patients and clinical outcomes as well as manage their practice and improve their profitability.

FREE Mobile App

With this FREE new Mitochon Mobile service, Physicians can securely access their FREE EHR and patient charts from anywhere, anytime, even when they lose their wireless connection.  Charting, Scheduling, Messaging and ePrescribe no problem, just go to the Apple Apps Store and download the Mitochon App onto your iPhone, ,iPad or iTouch (Android coming Q2 2012) Mitochon’s new FREE Mobile app boasts military levels of encryption and security as well as being able to remotely wipe information from specific devices, a first in the FREE mobile medical world.

FREE ePrescribe (eRX)

This important tool enables providers to share one single medication list with other providers who are attending to the same patient as well as connecting to all available pharmacies nationally.     With automatic formulary checking, immediate authorization or denial capabilities, FREE instructional information for patients and a “favorites” tool for listing commonly prescribed meds; Mitochons FREE ePrescribe makes prescriptions simpler and safer than ever. This means you could have a lower rate of scrip errors and a higher safety standard!

FREE Patient Health Record (PHR)

Patients enter their own health data information into a Personal Health Record which is synchronized with their Mitochon Electronic Health Record.  Mitochon’s PHR (Available Q2 2012) is a patient’s summary of their medical records and is accessed online.  The information can include medications, demographic information, personal history, labs and information from medical devices in-home or from other wireless environments. You can even use your Smartphone to enter and access information.

FREE Referral Network

This open service assists Physicians and healthcare professionals to connect, collaborate and coordinate care by enabling the exchange of clinical data with other providers and healthcare organizations. Physicians can instantly access  and retrieve clinical data to enable safer, timely, efficient, effective, and improved patient-centered care. Patients can also benefit knowing their medical information can be delivered faster and in a secured manner to the providers on their case.

FREE Training and Support

Mitochon’s unlimited FREE Training and FREE ongoing support enable subscribers to sign-up for an account, have their practice up and running in minutes and start qualifying for Meaningful Use payments. Mitochon’s Subscribers have been impressed by how quickly they have received there incentives using Mitochon’s Meaningful Use guides and reports.

Mitochon’s FREE services enables Independent physicians, Accountable Care Organizations & Integrated Delivery Systems to enter the digital healthcare world effortlessly, bend the healthcare cost curve and importantly improve outcomes without cost. Mitochon Systems FREE bundled offering will allow organizations to easily navigate the health IT requirement and become sustainable ACOs with minimal capital investment. Stop by Mitochon’s booth #625 at HIMSS this week in Las Vegas and learn more about all the new FREE functionality of services. . More information about Mitochon Systems is available via its corporate website at www.mitochonsystems.com or by calling 1.877.817.0902.

February 21, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CareCloud Enters Electronic Health Record Market, Unveils Complete ONC-ATCB Meaningful Use Certification

CareCloud Charts comes fully loaded with everything required for doctors to take their offices completely paperless, including: medical charting, lab and diagnostic ordering/receiving, ePrescribing and medication management, clinical encounter documentation, patient education, medical document management and specialty-specific templates. Physicians are also able to demonstrate Meaningful Use, allowing eligible providers to receive the $44,000 Medicare or $63,750 Medicaid EHR incentive funding and avoid penalties.

Revolutionary EHR software delivers comprehensive and integrated clinical, financial and administrative management for physician practices

Miami, Florida – January 12, 2012 – Today, cloud-based healthcare solution provider CareCloud announced its official entrance into the electronic health record (EHR) market. CareCloud Charts’ breakthrough user interface is a revolutionary approach to maintaining and sharing patient medical information across the continuum of care while accelerating, rather than hindering, clinical workflow.

CareCloud Charts has already been awarded ambulatory certification (ONC-ATCB 2011/2012) as a Complete EHR by Drummond Group, an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB). Charts has also been certified by SureScripts, making it a fully-functional tool for ePrescribing on SureScripts’ nationwide network.

With the launch of the CareCloud Charts EHR, the company will further accelerate the rapid adoption of its web-based software and services, which already help thousands of physicians today streamline and consolidate the clinical, financial and administrative aspects of their business.

“Our primary mission has always been to simplify and streamline the entire healthcare experience. Rather than rushing to the market with an incomplete or ill-conceived electronic health record product, we decided to first invest in building a strong foundation that supports the entire revenue cycle. We then developed the clinical apps on top of that foundation,” said Albert Santalo, President and CEO of CareCloud. “Now, with the public availability of CareCloud Charts, physicians can actually look forward to using their EHR.”

“We’re obsessed with delivering an incredible software experience; that’s not something many other vendors can say,” Santalo continued. “Almost no other company has built a unified EHR and practice management solution from the ground up. The level of seamlessness and elegance we are achieving cannot be created through a merger of two companies and their respective product lines. By offering Charts as part of a comprehensive suite, we’re helping the entire staff pull together in one direction through one system, without needless steps in the process.”

CareCloud Charts comes fully loaded with everything required for doctors to take their offices completely paperless, including: medical charting, lab and diagnostic ordering/receiving, ePrescribing and medication management, clinical encounter documentation, patient education, medical document management and specialty-specific templates. Physicians are also able to demonstrate Meaningful Use, allowing eligible providers to receive the $44,000 Medicare or $63,750 Medicaid EHR incentive funding and avoid penalties.

Benefits of using CareCloud Charts:

•       Pure Cloud: CareCloud’s user-friendly platform delivers small to large physician practices secure 24/7/365 access to their entire business through any modern web browser, natively on a Mac or PC. CareCloud updates and improves its software regularly, but because it delivers Charts through the cloud in a single instance, all clients use the latest version and do not have to disrupt their operations to upgrade.

•       Fully Integrated: Physicians have enough challenges during their EHR vendor selection process to have to worry about integrating multiple systems just to get a simple claim out the door. CareCloud is a one-stop-shop for physicians looking to streamline their practice management and electronic records systems with minimal investment or disruption to the practice.

•       Unparalleled Usability: Charts’ design was guided by an intimate understanding of the patient encounter. CareCloud’s designers and developers spent countless hours working with physicians while they provided patient care within their practices, then focused on delivering a superior user experience that drives improved patient outcomes and reduced operating costs.

•       Safe & Secure: The Department of Health and Human Services concluded in a study that 63% of HIPAA security breaches were due to physical theft or loss of data. Web-based EHRs eliminate the most common security risks, since there are no physical files to be compromised. Physicians also enjoy advanced security features such as redundancy, constant backups, granular permissions and audit trails.

•       Constant evolution: Healthcare reform has spawned government mandates, new payment models and shifting patient expectations, all of which are taxing the existing technology infrastructure to its limit. Physicians are facing an evolving healthcare industry that demands their practice be adaptive and connected. Unlike legacy systems, CareCloud’s platform is designed to embrace change and evolve with the industry.

•       Built for a real-time world: Patients are surrounded by a myriad of sensors and smart devices, which monitor, measure and track all aspects of the human body. Today, very little, if any, of this valuable data is captured and aggregated into a single patient health record. CareCloud’s foundation utilizes an advanced cloud architecture, which can seamlessly capture unstructured health data. The company ultimately envisions developing this capability to provide a real-time portrait of each patient’s wellness.

“We have always strongly believed that a modern cloud-based platform is what will save the healthcare industry from arcane paper-based processes,” said CareCloud CEO Albert Santalo. “Unfortunately, with the median up-front EHR capital investment hovering around $30,000 per full-time physician, there’s no question that the market has failed to provide physicians with a sophisticated, cost-effective option. The fact that physicians have to even consider financing for an EHR system is just crazy – we’re here to change all that.”

CareCloud, which announced $20.1 million in Series A funding in September, provides medical practices with a powerful, secure cloud-based platform for practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management. The company’s solutions automate everything a successful, modern medical practice needs, like appointment scheduling, patient care, billing and accounts receivable management. Delivered in the cloud, data is more secure, less expensive and accessible anytime, anywhere and on any device (desktop, laptop, or tablet).

CareCloud Charts is available now. For more information, visit CareCloud.com.

About CareCloud

CareCloud’s mission is to revolutionize the healthcare experience through on-demand software and services. Leading the charge to bring cloud computing to the healthcare industry, CareCloud delivers an integrated suite to maximize physician practice performance that includes:

•       Charts — electronic health records software that seamlessly integrates into practice workflow
•       Central — a complete medical practice management system from scheduling to billing
•       Concierge — a comprehensive revenue cycle management solution for health care providers
•       Community — a secure patient and provider portal to increase communication and collaboration

CareCloud currently services more than 1,000 physicians and other healthcare providers throughout the United States and was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative new technology. For more information, visit CareCloud online at www.carecloud.com.

January 18, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Announces the Addition of 11 Radiology Practices That Have Selected Merge RIS to Achieve Meaningful Use

Radiologists drive Meaningful Use acceleration; create enterprise imaging foundation

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced the addition of eleven radiology practices that have selected Merge RIS v7.0 to achieve Meaningful Use.

“Meaningful Use is gaining significant momentum in the radiology community,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Radiologists are witnessing how seamlessly solutions like Merge RIS can be integrated into their practice, without disrupting their workflow, while administrators and executives are experiencing how Merge RIS is building the foundation for future growth. All involved are seeing how Merge RIS v7.0 can lead to an increase in revenue and help them avoid future penalties.”

With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can now utilize a completely native radiology solution for radiology-specific workflow to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records, without disrupting the traditional radiology workflow. With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can qualify to receive up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives, per eligible provider.

“We selected Merge because they were the only vendor able to provide an enterprise-wide solution versus a piecemeal approach,” said Melissa Ray, Practice Administrator at Radiology Consultants of Lynchburg. “In addition to Merge RIS v7.0, we will utilize Merge PACS, Merge Financials, Merge Dashboards and Merge iConnect Access. And now, not only will we be able to take advantage of the stimulus incentives available for achieving Meaningful Use, but more importantly, we’ll be able to significantly improve productivity and workflow efficiencies.”

“With Merge RIS, the information just flows better, from the minute the patient calls to schedule an appointment all the way through billing,” said Tony Musilli, Chief Operations Officer at Booth Radiology in West Deptford, New Jersey. “Merge RIS 7.0 is very intuitive and has a much tighter integration than systems we’ve used in the past. The Merge suite is going to take our practice to the next level of efficiency, so for us, the choice to use Merge for Meaningful Use was obvious.”

“One of the reasons we selected Merge RIS v7.0 was because it has complete certification versus modular certification,” said Christopher Bryant, Executive Director, Radiology Associates of West Pasco “If you utilize a modular system, you as the provider, the onus is on you to find another product or combination of products that meet the remaining criteria before you can claim to be using a certified EHR and qualify for MU funds. Because Merge’s solution received complete certification, we don’t have to worry about that at all.”

“We are a front-to-back Merge client,” said Laverna Hubbard, Administrator at North State Radiology in Northern California. “One of the main reasons we chose Merge RIS, PACS and Financials is because the Merge team listens. They understand our business and are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and support.”

Merge RIS v7.0 functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience. This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

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