As the Manager of Information Systems at Wooster Community Hospital with 14 years of healthcare IT experience, Eric Gasser is no stranger to what tools are needed to help a hospital run smoothly. Wooster Community Hospital has used Imprivata OneSign for SSO, access control, and e-signing in MEDITECH since 2010, and recently implemented Imprivata Confirm ID for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS).
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is an far-reaching issue that impacts stakeholders across the healthcare continuum, and it is important to hear various viewpoints to foster a more robust discussion about how to interpret regulations, meet technology requirements and jumpstart an EPCS project. In the EPCS Insights blog, experts from across the industry offer insight into an array of issues pertaining to EPCS, including how it can help meet, Meaningful Use goals, understanding identity proofing requirements and best practices for moving an EPCS project forward. We encourage you to join the discussion by adding your thoughts!
August 8, 2016
Cambridge Health Alliance improves provider productivity and enhances patient satisfaction with EPCSJune 1, 2016
Healthcare technology is stuck in the past, disrupting the flow of work for healthcare providers, and taking valuable time away from patients. This is especially pertinent when it comes to controlled substances which, due to DEA regulations, are still often prescribed on paper pads that can be altered, forged, or stolen.
May 2, 2016
Q&A with Michele Higgins, PharmD, MBA
Michele Higgins, PharmD, MBA, is the pharmacy informatics coordinator for Nebraska Methodist Health System in Omaha, Nebraska. Higgins’ experience, spanning over 20 years, includes implementing systems for automated dispensing cabinets, carousels, pharmacy information systems, bedside barcoding, and setting up a pharmacy department in a brand new facility with a new NICU population utilizing 100% CPOE. Her most recent project has been implementing electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) for providers across Nebraska Methodist...
Dr. Sean KellyMarch 17, 2016
Yesterday, in an article on the release of new CDC guidelines for prescribing painkillers, which recommend that doctors first try ibuprofen and aspirin to treat pain, then prescribe only a three-day course of the highly addictive opioids, New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise wrote, “the recommendations are meant for primary care doctors, who prescribe about half of all opioids but often have little training in how to use them.”
March 1, 2016
This week, at the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition (February 29-March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas), Todd Smith, CMIO for HealthEast Care System, and Lou Gallagher, System Director of Engineering and Architecture at HealthEast Care Systems, will take the stage to present a session titled, "Improving Physician Efficiency and Patient Care with EPCS” as part of the...
Art ReamDecember 9, 2015
Opiate abuse claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Massachusetts residents last year, yet Massachusetts, a historically progressive adopter of health information technology (HIT), has yet to adopt Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), a critical part of the process for solving the prescription drug abuse crisis.
E-prescribing reaches critical mass: New technology eases compliance with DEA regulations while streamlining prescription workflowsOctober 19, 2015
When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) introduced regulations for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) in 2010, many providers worried that EPCS’s strict security stipulations would disrupt their prescribing workflows. Since then, New York State’s groundbreaking I-STOP legislation and the public debate about mandating EPCS in other states, has driven innovations in health technology that drive EPCS adoption.
September 14, 2015
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) delivers a number of benefits. However, in order to enable EPCS, healthcare providers must meet DEA requirements that can be disruptive and cumbersome to implement.
Dr. Sean KellyAugust 17, 2015
Despite continued efforts at the state and national level to address the issue, opioid addiction has raged on in 2015. Massachusetts is no exception. Just last week, the Boston Globe reported that there were 1,256 opioid-related deaths in the Bay State in 2014, which exceeded estimations from the state’s Department of Public Health released earlier their year.
August 3, 2015
Effective March 27th, 2016, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Act requires electronic prescribing of all medications, including controlled substances, in the state of New York. There are many requirements for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) and for I-STOP. Prescribers must use e-prescribing software that has been certified and audited, complete an identity proofing process, obtain two-factor authentication for each prescription, in accordance with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations, and register substance e-prescribing software with...