What is EPCS
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances, or EPCS, allows care providers to prescribe controlled substances electronically – a process that has been historically paper-based. EPCS limits the occurrence of forged or stolen prescriptions and “doctor shopping” by authenticating prescribers and increasing security.
Secure data and streamline workflows
Imprivata Confirm ID for EPCS elegantly simplifies EPCS workflows by:
- Integrating directly into the e-prescribing workflows of leading EMR applications
- Making two-factor authentication fast and convenient through Hands Free Authentication, push token notification, fingerprint biometrics, and other DEA-compliant authentication solutions
- Automating authentication modality presentation clinicians are only prompted for what is available and allowed
- Operating in any SSO environment as a stand-alone secure signing solution
Imprivata Confirm ID: The comprehensive identity and multifactor authentication platform for healthcare
Imprivata Confirm ID for EPCS is part of a comprehensive identity and two-factor authentication platform for fast, secure authentication workflows across the healthcare enterprise. Imprivata Confirm ID makes security invisible by offering a broad range of innovative, convenient, and DEA-compliant authentication methods, including Hands Free Authentication, push token notification, and fingerprint biometrics. Imprivata Confirm ID combines security and convenience by enabling fast, secure authentication across enterprise workflows while creating a secure, auditable chain of trust wherever, whenever, and however users interact with patient records, patient identifiers and other sensitive data.
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances: an overview of the benefits and regulatory requirements
Streamlined identity proofing and access control
To enable EPCS, the DEA requires confirmation of the identity of all providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances. Imprivata Confirm ID streamlines the identity-proofing process offering both an institutional and individual identity proofing solution. Imprivata Confirm ID also supports the necessary access control measures required for DEA-compliant identity-proofing, ensuring that only individuals legally authorized to sign controlled substance prescriptions are allowed to do so.
Imprivata Confirm ID allows organizations to enroll providers once they have been sufficiently identity-proofed. This includes enrolling their credentials to align with the two-factor authentication modalities they are permitted to use for EPCS.
Flexible two-factor authentication options for EPCS
Imprivata Confirm ID for EPCS supports the most comprehensive range of innovative, convenient, and DEA-compliant two-factor authentication modalities, including Hands Free Authentication, which automatically provides fast, convenient, and secure multi-factor authentication, FIPS-201 approved finger print biometrics, and push token notification. With Imprivata Confirm ID, organizations have the flexibility to select the two-factor authentication option that best fits provider workflow requirements based on how, when and where electronic prescribing will take place. At the time of prescribing the prescriber is only prompted for what is available and allowed. A must have for provider adoption and satisfaction.
Fastest, most convenient two-factor authentication
Hands Free Authentication is the fast, convenient, and secure solution for EPCS that automatically completes the second factor of a two-factor authentication by remotely retrieving the second factor from the prescriber’s locked mobile phone. Hands Free Authentication transforms authentication workflows when used with fingerprint biometrics, as there is no need to enter a password, or type an OTP from a token. Instead the prescriber can simply scan their finger and keep their mobile phone in their pocket. This workflow provides unparalleled convenience while also reducing the risks of potential infection from handling multiple devices. Additionally, when fingerprint biometrics are not available (for example, when the prescriber is using a tablet or laptop) the prescriber can simply enter their password and use Hands Free Authentication. The speed and convenience of Hands Free Authentication minimizes the disruption of clinical workflows, increases provider satisfaction, and further drives EPCS adoption — all while providing IT with greater flexibility.
Comprehensive auditing and reporting
Imprivata Confirm ID offers detailed reporting capabilities to establish a secure, auditable chain of trust for the entire EPCS process. Imprivata Confirm ID helps organizations demonstrate and prove compliance with DEA and state-level EPCS requirements.
Integrated with leading EMR applications
Imprivata Confirm ID offers productized API-level integration with leading EMR and e-prescribing applications. 80% of all hospital-based prescribers are in this ecosystem, making it easy and convenient for providers to prescribe controlled substances as part of their existing e-prescribing workflows.