What to look for in an ePrescription Service?

By March 27th, 2015, you must have an ePrescription service in place.

The deadline for mandatory ePrescriptions for New York State is fast approaching. If you already have an ePrescription service in place, you can begin submitting prescriptions in electronic format.  However, before prescribing a controlled substance, you need to make sure the system you are using is certified.  Certified ePrescription services (as of May 2013) include:

  • Allscripts
  • Cerner Corporation
  • DrFirst
  • Epic
  • Glenwood Systems
  • MD Toolbox
  • NewCrop
  • NextGen
  • RxNT
  • Stratus EMR

 

ePresecriptions Services integrated into your Practice Management software:

You should contact the support department of your Practice Management Software solution, to ensure that the ePrescripton service that is integrated is EPCS Certified.

Usually an integrated solution will involve a “setup fee” and/or a monthly charge per provider.  The type of integration depends upon your PM software solution.  The benefits of an “integrated” ePrescription Service is that you do not have to perform any manual patient data entry.  More data entry means lost productivity and the chance for data entry error.  Integration also means things like allergies are more easily identified, because you don’t have to flip back and forth between two totally separate systems.  In addition, you may be required to update your practice management software to accommodate these integrated modules.

 

ePresecriptions Services separate from your Practice Management software:

You should contact the support department of the ePrescription service provider, to ensure that they are EPCS Certified.

A stand alone solution might involve a “setup fee” and/or a monthly charge per provider, however the costs for these services are usually lower, and in some cases are free.   Unlike “integrated” solutions, you would need to manual patient data entry.  That means entering in all existing patients into the system, either as they come up, or in bulk.  And you may find yourself cross refrencing systems for additional information regarding allergies or other issues.  You can use your existing Practice Management solutions because the systems are not integrated, but there is a big tradeoff in the amount of time spent on data entry.

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