Benefits of electronic prescribing
EPCS helps combat the opioid crisis by allowing providers to view patients’ prescription histories and ensure secure, electronic transmission of prescriptions to pharmacies.
Secure electronic prescription service
Electronic transmission of prescriptions from the clinic to the pharmacy reduces drug diversion, or the obtainment of legally prescribed drugs for illicit use.
Part of EPCS programs, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) track prescriptions for controlled substances at the state level.
In-workflow PDMP checking
With the release of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) access for both Intergy and Prime Suite, PDMP checking — a process that took an average of 4.6 minutes through a third-party website — now takes an average of 1.5 minutes within the EPCS workflow.
Today, 44 states require providers to check the PDMP, and 49 states and the District of Columbia have active PDMP databases that collect and report prescribing and dispensing data to authorized users.
Average time savings using EPCS with in-workflow PDMP checking on Greenway platforms.
The estimated number of people who die of opioid overdose in the United States each day, according to the CDC.
A national epidemic
More than 47,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids in 2017, and 36% of those deaths involved prescription opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). EPCS and PDMPs help prevent overprescribing, prescription forgery, and “doctor shopping.”
Major retailer moves to electronic prescriptions
As of Jan. 1, 2020, Walmart will require electronic prescriptions for controlled substances at all locations. E-prescriptions are less prone to errors, cannot be altered, and are trackable electronically. The move is part of Walmart’s effort to tackle the opioid epidemic.
If you are interested in adding EPCS or PDMP, contact us today to get started.