The day of handwritten prescriptions and the problems that can be associated with ordering prescriptions for patients has been simplified with the e-Prescribing software by XLDent that will be utilized by Dr. John Clay at Clay and Associates, DDS, PLC. Here the prescribed medications are electronic ordered directly to the pharmacy for the patient.
Sending electronic prescriptions is controlled directly from the patient’s records. This method is a cleaner and more efficient way by reducing potential errors and the need for pharmacists to verify details. The prescription history is viewable by medical and dental staff which also reduces drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions. The software provides specific information at the point of prescribing, such as vasoconstrictor/local anesthetic precautions and effects on bleeding.
The service assists in reducing healthcare costs by selecting medication that are preferred by the patient’s health plan. It will also verify patient medication history and view up to a year’s worth of prescribed medications in one click. This provides a comfort level for the dentist in knowing what other physicians have prescribed for the patient to improve treatment outcomes.
John Daniel, Jr., Pharmacist with Daniel Pharmacy states, “We are looking forward to electronic prescriptions, including controlled substances from Dr. John Clay because it can reduce fraud, abuse, improve safety and convenience for patients. This includes all schedules of controlled drugs (C-II through C-IV). Unfortunately, many doctors and pharmacists are not aware that EPCS (Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances) is legal in all 50 states and that it is a very secure way of sending prescriptions to pharmacies due to requiring a two-factor authentication. In order for a prescriber to be able to send controlled substance prescriptions to a pharmacy, their electronic medical record software must be certified, audited and enabled for EPCS, achieve required ID proofing, and secure their two-factor authentication credential. We are currently receiving electronic prescriptions which has been very efficient.”
In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its interim final rule which gave practitioners the option of writing prescriptions for controlled substances electronically as well as allowing pharmacists to receive, dispense and achieve electronic prescriptions.