Archive for June, 2010

Jun
30
2010

As more and more doctors jump on board with electronic prescribing, it is important for patients to know what questions to ask before choosing a doctor.

Here are DrFirst‘s top 5 questions every patient should ask regarding health IT systems.

1. Is the system your doctor uses for e-prescribing certified by Surescripts?

Surescripts has recently announced their newest set of Gold Solution Providers. These vendors have demonstrated that their systems can perform all of the necessary functions to be able to provide the highest level of care to patients.

2. Does your doctor’s e-prescribing system provide full insurance eligibility at the point of care?

Insurance eligibility is one of the most important features an e-prescribing system can have to benefit patients. It is important that your doctor know which medicines are covered by your insurance for both your primary and secondary plans (if you have one). This information will prevent you from getting to the pharmacy to find that the drug prescribed is not covered. This feature is not only a huge time saver, but will also decrease your chances of over-spending for medications, and ultimately will increase your likelihood of following your doctor’s prescription regimen.

3. Does the system your doctor uses provide a full range of adverse drug reaction alerts?

Today’s electronic prescribing systems should be capable of identifying a large array of interaction alerts, and display them in real time to your doctor at the point of care. A fully capable e-prescribing system should include the following interaction alerts:

  • drug-drug alerts
  • drug-allergy alerts
  • drug-diagnosis alerts
  • duplicate therapy alerts
  • dosage checking
  • geriatric/pediatric alerts
  • appropriate dosing alerts

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Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Jun
25
2010

Psychiatrists are more eager than ever to get started prescribing controlled substances electronically. Few specialties will be more affected by this breakthrough, as psychiatrists are known to write a disproportionate amount of Schedule II-V medications. As a class, they are all heavy prescribers of drugs such as buprenorphine, which is the only treatment for opiate dependence that has been approved by the FDA to be office-administered.

Their unique situation, combined with the DEA’s previous stance on EPCS, has caused them to be somewhat reluctant to implement the e-prescribing technology that would show them the tremendous benefits that countless others are already experiencing. The recent advances made by the DEA to make EPCS a reality has catalyzed their interest, and should prove to eliminate their reluctance all together.

In a recent article published in the Psychiatric Times, DrFirst‘s Peter Kaufman, M.D., explains the steps being taken by both DrFirst, and other industry leaders, to lead the charge for this highly anticipated issue. DrFirst’s recent debut demonstration of the AHRQ funded EPCS program provides a new sense of hope for psychiatrists – and for the first time, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are excited for the near future, and specifically for our ability to provide specialties such as psychiatry with the technology they need to give their patients the highest level of care possible.

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Jun
23
2010

Rcopia Rewards is a member appreciation program to say a special thank you to our most loyal customers with some great prizes!

The first round of the Rcopia Rewards program was released to the top 500 Rcopia users based on prescription volume. They are now able to personally refer their friends and colleagues to become eligible to win prizes ranging from 2 months of free service, all the way to a brand new Apple iPad! DrFirst has been around for over 10 years, and we want to let all of our users know that our great success is because of them.

If you are a current user of Rcopia and would like to participate in this brand new referral program visit the Rcopia Rewards page and begin referring!

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Jun
22
2010

A recent study that surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults proves that although health care IT is spreading rapidly among our nation’s physicians, the word is not reaching those that benefit the most from it – their patients. The Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that nearly half of their respondents were not sure if their primary physician offered any electronic records or electronic prescribing systems.

Chairman of The Harris Poll, Humphrey Taylor, exclaims that “the general public only has a vague idea, only a very limited understanding, of what this is all about.”  Even though the general public doesn’t fully understand the intricacies of how the constantly evolving health IT systems are affecting them, the study does show that they are in favor of them. Erin Stevenson, a digital health-care consultant in California, firmly believes that this lack of knowledge and slight skepticism will not impede these technologies from being implemented and efficiently used. He states that these technologies “make moving around a city, state, or changing doctors much easier.”

In general, the public is poised to gain the most from electronic prescriptions and medication records due to increased patient safety through various interaction alerts, and time and money savings by providing point-of-care insurance eligibility information.

Health care providers utilizing IT can benefit from spreading the word to their patients. A doctor’s use of electronic prescribing or EMR/EHR should be taken into consideration while a patient is choosing a doctor – so it is important to ask the right questions. If your practice has a website, its a great opportunity to let your patients, and potential patients know that your practice has adopted technology to improve patient safety. Stay tuned to DrFirst‘s upcoming posts to learn our ‘Top-5′ health IT questions that every patient should be asking their doctors!

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Jun
21
2010

More and more states are getting on board with the current trends in health data management. First Minnesota and now Colorado have begun the state-wide transition to electronic Health Information systems. Recently the Denver Post reported new efforts by the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization to create a centralized network for physician’s offices and hospitals throughout the state.

Health care providers have much to gain with state-wide initiatives to make the transition to electronic health data networks. Centralized electronic health records increase efficiency and connected care.  DrFirst prides itself in top-notch interoperability that will help make the transition to electronic prescribing of medications a smooth ride for individuals and states alike.

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Jun
18
2010

Small practices may fear getting left out in the cold by the federal push to adopt Electronic Health Records, but DrFirst can ease your mind. CMS “meaningful use” requirements can seem daunting for small practices with limited resources and support, but DrFirst provides the solution to these concerns with Gold Certified Provider status.

“All health care providers will face hurdles when it comes to shifting to computerized health records,” reports iHealthBeat, “but experts say those challenges likely will be more severe for small practice physicians.” Not to worry though, DrFirst is here to make sure small practices don’t get left out in the cold. With DrFirst’s modular approach, small practices have many options to satisfy their needs. We have partnerships with over 100 vendors from which health care providers can choose one that meets their specific needs. DrFirst offers e prescribing solutions that are right for everyone.

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About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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