December 18, 2012

Black Book 2013 ranks DrFirst #1 in standalone e-prescribing based on industry survey of 250,000 health IT users nationwide

Rockville, MD (December 18, 2012)

DrFirst, a pioneer of innovative healthcare software solutions and services, has been recognized by Black Book as the nation’s #1 vendor for standalone electronic prescribing systems in the 2013 State of the e-Prescribing Industry report. The report is based on a survey of more than 250,000 e-health technology users conducted by international market research firm Brown-Wilson Group and published in their annual Black Book Rankings®.

Black Book ranked DrFirst the #1 Standalone E-prescribing Vendor, based on DrFirst’s Rcopia® e-prescribing software achieving the top overall client satisfaction score of 96%. Black Book also recognized the best EHR/Standalone e-RX Product Partnerships, and in this category Rcopia is the e-prescribing partner for eight of the top 10 finishers, including Greenway Medical who won the category in partnership with DrFirst.

“This is the second year in a row that we have received top honors from Black Book, and we’re thrilled that our customers recognize and appreciate the simplicity, usability and power of our products,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “We believe healthcare technology must be created, first and foremost, with a keen focus on provider workflows, and then be supported by advanced, affordable technologies; we’re pleased that this formula is resonating with our users.”

In addition to e-prescribing of non-controlled and controlled substances (in conjunction with the company’s EPCS GoldSM software), Rcopia users have access to an array of additional functionality, including: ordering and receiving lab tests and radiology results; patient medication adherence and compliance reporting; patient education documentation; patient co-pay and prescription coupons; and HIPAA-compliant practice and patient secure messaging. Rcopia can also be upgraded to help practices attest and certify for Meaningful Use.

According to Brown-Wilson, in 2012 approximately 60% of practices nationwide utilized e-prescribing and 43% of all prescriptions dispensed were routed electronically, including 529 million new e-prescriptions and 98 million e-renewals. Participating in e-Prescribing and EHR initiatives next year could save a physician $19,000 in avoided penalties according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The report estimates 100,000 physicians and other health professionals are at risk for being hit with Medicare electronic prescribing program penalties next year, and anticipates the penalties to increase significantly thereafter.

Reporters interested in additional findings from the Brown-Wilson 2013 State of the e-Prescribing Industry report are invited to contact

About DrFirst, Inc.
DrFirst pioneers software solutions and services designed to optimize healthcare provider access to patient information, improve the doctor’s clinical view of the patient at the time of care, and enable more effective, efficient administration and collaboration across a patient’s circle of caregivers. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation and reliability across a wide array of service areas, including Medication History and E-prescribing, Secure Messaging and Clinical Data Sharing, and Patient Behavioral Education and Medication Adherence. We are a Surescripts Gold Certified provider, and have the #1-ranked Standalone Electronic Prescribing Software as rated by Black Book Market Research. We are proud of our track record of service to 40,000 providers and 260 EMR/EHR/PBMs nationwide.