How Cybersecurity Solutions are Helping Curb America’s Opioid Crisis

When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, it didn’t just usher in the fresh start of a new year. It also marked the first day of a landmark nationwide mandate for curbing the opioid epidemic: Beginning in 2023, healthcare organizations and providers must electronically prescribe all Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances covered by Medicare Part D.

The Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) mandate requires additional steps to ensure secure prescribing practices. However, the mandate’s added digital requirements may lead clinicians to spend more time with technology, leading to workflow inefficiency. But it doesn’t have to. If implemented with the right strategy, the EPCS mandate can lead to more secure prescribing without getting in the way of the job that is most paramount — treating patients.

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