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.

PDMP integration

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.

67%

Average time savings using EPCS with in-workflow PDMP checking on Greenway platforms.

130

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.”

EPCS and PDMP — frequently asked questions

What is EPCS?

Made effective June 1, 2010, the rule “Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances” gives providers the option to transmit prescriptions electronically. It also allows pharmacies to receive, dispense, and store electronic prescriptions.

What is a prescription monitoring program (PDMP)?

PDMPs are electronic databases that operate at the state level, collecting data on prescriptions for controlled substances.

How does a PDMP assist in the battle against opioid abuse?

Data from the PDMP sheds light on a patient’s prescription history, helping providers determine whom they should prescribe an opioid painkiller, or whether early signs of abuse merit intervention. Licensing and regulatory boards, meanwhile, may review PDMP data to identify unusual prescribing activity on the part of providers.

What options does Greenway offer for PDMP checking?

Greenway now offers PDMP checking via e-prescribing solution EPCS Gold. With the release of the in-workflow checking module, Intergy and Prime Suite users can check the PDMP without having to navigate to third-party websites. This speeds the process by an average of 67%.

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.

Greenway customers can learn more about PDMP access on My Greenway.

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