After two years of intensive work, DrFirst announced today that it has created EPCS Gold, a turnkey solution that eliminates the challenges faced by HIT vendors to implement e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) within their applications. This new solution significantly reduces technology development, auditing, and certification costs otherwise required for vendors to legally offer EPCS to their clients. EPCS Gold is currently available only to DrFirsts 160+ Open Borders partners. Beginning in May, DrFirst and its partners will launch electronic prescribing of controlled substances to their physicians and authorized prescribers nationwide.
Although the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released the final rule on EPCS in June 2010, to date no HIT vendor has begun offering the ability to e-prescribe controlled substances to their clients. This is primarily due to the difficulty of meeting the DEA requirements, the significant costs, and the struggle to develop two-factor authentication solutions that efficiently address the varying needs of providers. Continue reading