EHRs for E-Prescriptions and Drug Monitoring Programs

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EHRs for E-Prescriptions and Drug Monitoring Programs

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Electronic Prescriptions (or e-prescriptions) allow prescribers to write prescriptions digitally. Digital prescriptions can save prescribers time and energy and lower the risks of prescription errors, drug reactions, and dosage miscalculations that send 1.3 million Americans to the emergency room annually. E-prescriptions are now federally mandated in most states with the last states scheduled to begin this requirement by January 2022. There are now state-regulated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) too. If your health agency is considering adopting or switching to a new Electronic Health Record system (EHR), consider EHRs integrated for e-prescriptions and drug monitoring programs compliance.

The DEA created the Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) proposal to make a federal law regulating prescriptions and targeting opioid abuse. Their compliance requires the use of e-prescriptions. All states now have Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) for controlled substance prescriptions also. Those require monitoring of all patients in each state that is prescribed a controlled substance. In some states, it is mandated that pharmacies send that information to the PDMP within 24 hours. With the use of an Electronic Health Record solution, all data is already electronic. That can help healthcare agencies simplify and speed up the process of sending data to your state’s PDMP to stay in compliance with state regulations. If the e-prescription tool is integrated into your EHR, it saves extra steps and prevents having to use another piece of software in keeping with federal regulations as well.

EHRs can…

  • Connect to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Alert limits on Controlled Substance Prescriptions
  • Offer Clinical Assessment Tools
  • Improve Patient Engagement and Education
  • Provide tools for Community Outreach

All of these features can help clinicians battle the opioid epidemic that is rampant across the United States. An integrated EHR supporting e-prescriptions and connecting to PDMPs can prevent adverse drug reactions and streamline administrative burdens while doing so, making it good for both patients and doctors. Clinicians are already time-stressed and many experience digital burnout. Having more tools adds technological burdens to their workflows. Integration-ready EHRs help eliminate one more tool your clinicians have to use. This will help them focus on the most important aspect of their jobs – their quality of care.

Contact us to schedule a demo and learn more about how Patagonia Health EHR supports EPCS and PDMP requirements.

Patagonia Health Provides Tools to Public Health Departments for Successful Mass Vaccination Initiatives

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Patagonia Health’s fully-integrated Mass Vaccination App. efficiently manages the administration, tracking, and reporting of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To manage the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, health departments across the country need to efficiently manage vaccine administration, tracking, and reporting on a large scale. In response to the current environment, Patagonia Health launched a fully-integrated Mass Vaccination App. This secure, HIPAA-compliant solution allows patients to self-register for and self-schedule their vaccination appointment.  Patients are also able to view their consents, while clinicians are able to conduct and document mass vaccination (including off-site) visits directly within the EHR. 

As an expert in Public Health software, Patagonia Health already has the capabilities of vaccine inventory management and administration, including seamlessly sending vaccination data to state immunization registries. Making vaccination data available at the state, and thus national, level is key to effective pandemic response. Patagonia Health’s development team expanded these tools to include patient pre-registration and the ability to manage mass vaccination patients separately from a health department’s regular schedule. Additionally, the app will track multiple COVID vaccine doses based on manufacturer and Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

“Many of our customers are in the middle of the largest mass vaccination campaign they have ever performed,” says Ashok Mathur, Founder and CEO, Patagonia Health. “Working with our customers, our team immediately began the process of developing a Mass Vaccination App to meet the demand for the management, delivery and administration of vaccination services at an unprecedented level. Public health department’s staff are stretched due to the pandemic response and they appreciate the time and effort saved by the app. We are proud to contribute to the COVID-19 solution.”

Patagonia Health developed the Mass Vaccination App as an important part of their overall COVID-19 response. To support their customers, the software company rapidly deployed a COVID-19 screening tool and a fully-integrated telehealth solution earlier this year. Patagonia Health aims to provide rapid responses to meet customer needs, especially when faced with unexpected public health challenges.