Today's guest is Boston emergency physician, Dr. Sean Kelly, Chief Medical Officer of Imprivata, healthcare IT security company. He will be discussing the state-of-the-art of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) and as well New York's groundbreaking legislation known as I-STOP that will be implemented in March 2016.
EPCS is an emerging technology that is just now moving into the national healthcare IT spotlight in part because of I-STOP. I-STOP mandates that all medications be prescribed electronically, including highly addictive opioids and other controlled substances. New York is the first state to require electronic prescribing, which is a major shift in how medications will be prescribed in the future.
It is hoped that EPCS will streamline order workflow, reduce patient wait times for prescriptions, improve provider andpatient satisfaction, reduce prescription errors, and help meet Meaningful Use goals. It should help address prescription drug abuse, including opioids and other controlled substances.