ROCKVILLE, MD, March 15, 2005 – DrFirst announced today that it is exclusively hosting Fallon Community Health Plan’s formulary. Through DrFirst Rcopia, Massachusetts’ physicians will have access to formularies for the state’s four largest health insurers. This agreement will allow FCHP’s 12,000 contracted doctors and 41 hospitals to utilize DrFirst’s award-winning Rcopia Electronic Prescription Management program, which is also endorsed by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
“The addition of Fallon Community Health Plan expands on the initial group of payors in Massachusetts dedicated to delivering the benefits of technology and electronic prescription management to the mainstream medical market,” said Cameron Deemer, Senior VP and General Manager of DrFirst. “These new alliances extend our portfolio of existing partners and assist in achieving the goal of helping doctors and their staffs take advantage of real-time information about patients’ health plans, formularies and medication histories in order to improve patient safety and convenience, and reduce prescribing errors.”
DrFirst Rcopia offers an end-to-end electronic prescribing system that integrates patient eligibility and formulary information with medication history at the point of care. The system allows the physician to transmit the prescription electronically to the pharmacy of the patient’s choosing. This process works for renewals as well as new prescriptions. DrFirst Rcopia is designed to produce legible and error-free prescriptions, reducing the number of phone calls and faxes between the physician’s office and the pharmacy. The system also increases patient safety by incorporating automatic drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interaction checking at the time of prescribing.
“Fallon Community Health Plan is working hard to promote and enable the use of technology among physicians across the Commonwealth. By partnering with DrFirst, we are expanding our long-term commitment to e-prescribing and broadening access to our formulary,” says Mark Fisher, Chief Operating Officer at Fallon Community Health Plan. “This is a great benefit to our members, our network physicians, the pharmacies, and, in fact, the entire health care system in Massachusetts and we are pleased to have the opportunity to engage DrFirst in this effort.”
Physicians can use DrFirst Rcopia via the web on desktop, laptop and tablet PCs. Mobile implementation is powered by DrFirst Rcopia for Palm OS® and PocketPC® which integrates seamlessly with the web-based system to ensure full on-line and off-line functionality.
Utilizing the latest advancements in Internet, security, wireless, web and Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology, DrFirst provides a suite of integrated, affordable, intuitive and easily implemented products and services for the healthcare community. DrFirst’s products include electronic prescribing, charge capture and secure messaging. These comprehensive solutions solve critical communication, business productivity and clinical needs of physicians, clinics, and health systems. More information about DrFirst can be found at www.drfirst.com.
Fallon Community Health Plan
Founded in 1977, Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) provides health care services designed to meet the unique and changing needs of all we serve. Our robust product portfolio includes a variety of health plan options (HMO, POS and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as a national PPO) featuring flexible and innovative benefit designs. Our carefully developed networks provide cost-effective, coordinated care and give our members access to physicians and hospitals throughout Massachusetts. We also offer a broad spectrum of health and wellness services and programs to ensure our members, at any stage of life, receive the highest quality of care. Because of our continued commitment to deliver high-quality health care and exceptional customer service, FCHP is consistently rated as one of the nation’s top health plans. Both our commercial HMO and Medicare Advantage plans have been awarded “Excellent” accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. For more information on FCHP, www.fchp.org
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