May 19th, 2016
By: Elizabeth Smith.
Physicians and legislators have questioned whether or not the New York I-Stop (Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing) and e-prescribing mandate will serve as a positive impact for the local community. With e-prescribing, physicians are able to monitor patient's current and previous prescriptions and to detect when patients are “doctor shopping” by electronically viewing their medical history. Since it's implementation, there has been an overwhelming 90% decrease in inappropriate narcotic prescriptions in New York (Medical Economics). As of now, there are over 79,000 New York practitioners e-prescribing and the number continues to climb daily.
March of 2015, legislation was enacted and there were initial complications with the implementation of the legislation such as:
- Vendor's compliance with the DEA requirements for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, known as EPCS
- Identification process for EPCS prescribers
- Two-factor authentication when prescribing EPCS
- Software registration with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE)
Fortunately, solutions are available to solve these concerns. With RxNT|eRx, physicians are able to streamline the process of e-prescribing while maintaining the highest quality of patient care. Our RxNT|eRx solution not only complies with all legislative requirements, but also is the only software that enables physicians to prescribe controlled substances from their mobile devices. Larry Good, MD says “the law will improve accuracy in filling prescriptions because it will eliminate the problem of pharmacists misinterpreting prescribers’ illegible handwriting.” Overall, he believes that e-prescribing will be successful because, “it will result in better safety for patients and better communications between patients, physicians, and pharmacies.”
While New York is the first state to mandate electronic prescribing, many have already observed the benefits of converting to an online management system. In 2008, Minnesota Legislature enacted an e-prescribing mandate with the hopes of improving efficiency in healthcare as described on the Minnesota Department of Healthcare website. Patient care is always at the forefront of physician’s concerns. To learn more about the benefits of e-Prescribing with RxNT|eRx for your practice, contact us at 800-943-7968 option 3 or email us at Sales@RxNT.com.