DrFirst enables partners to convert to new standards and stay compliant with ever-expanding rules and regulations

March 5, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md. — DrFirst, the nation’s leading provider of e-prescribing, price transparency, and medication management solutions, today announced that its flagship Rcopia® product has been certified compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) mandated NCPDP SCRIPT 2017071 (Script 2017) e-prescribing standard.

As an early adopter of the new standards, DrFirst provides partner EHRs with a competitive advantage by simplifying the process of achieving compliance with Script 2017 far in advance of the January 1, 2020 deadline. DrFirst removes many of the burdens EHRs face when attempting to migrate standards under pressure while also trying to manage their existing software enhancement roadmaps. Now that DrFirst has received Surescripts certification, they have begun working with their EHR partners to help them accelerate their timelines and make the transition to Script 2017 standards simple and quick.

Implementing Script 2017 requires significant development by every e-prescribing and EHR vendor, on top of continually chasing the ever-evolving landscape of new governmental regulations such as state-specific prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) checks and satisfying federal requirements for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) by January 1, 2021.

“While Script 2017 is expected to advance the efficiency, quality, and safety of e-prescribing; it may also be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many EHR companies that find maintaining compliance with complex and unpredictable e-prescribing standards too costly,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “Fulfilling these requirements also detracts from their innovation efforts. By outsourcing the e-prescribing component of their platform to a vendor that has led the market for nearly two decades, our partners can fully invest their resources towards developing their competitive advantage and delivering on their promises to clients.

The Industry Leader, Staying Ahead of the Curve

DrFirst’s Script 2017 certification is the latest example of the company’s 19-year history of innovating to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving regulatory environment for e-prescribing. DrFirst pioneered secure electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and was first-to-market with the ability to check patient prescription drug benefits and real-time price transparency. DrFirst’s track record of creating practical, powerful, and innovative solutions is a primary reason why more than 300 EHR companies have partnered with the company to enable e-prescribing for their physician customers.

“E-prescribing workflow represents a critical but relatively small portion of the overall EHR scope, yet it’s exponentially more time-consuming for EHR vendors to maintain, thanks to the continuous revisions to standards and regulatory requirements,” said Deemer. “A strategic partnership with DrFirst delivers compliance, best-in-class solutions, and first-mover advantages for EHR companies without the complexity and time required to build, monitor, and support products internally.”

Choosing the Right Vendor

DrFirst is the gold standard for high-impact innovations and proven reliability across a wide array of e-prescribing service areas:

  • Industry-leading e-prescribing of both legend drug and controlled substances (EPCS)
  • In-workflow electronic prior authorization (ePA), price transparency, PDMP, and patient medication adherence support tools
  • Co-op marketing and implementation training to drive end-user adoption
  • 24/7/365 prescription monitoring and customer support

DrFirst avoids competing with its EHR partners and focuses instead on filling crucial gaps and innovating in important niche areas of healthcare. The company provides stable, reliable, cost-effective technology solutions that are on the leading edge and constantly upgraded through a rigorous improvement process. DrFirst software can be integrated into any EHR system through web portal access or at the API level, allowing EHRs to maintain complete control of their UI/UX if desired.

About DrFirst

DrFirst, the nation’s leading provider of e-prescribing, price transparency, and medication management solutions, enables stakeholders across the healthcare industry to use comprehensive real-time data and connectivity to increase their patient safety ratings, efficiency, and profitability. Today, more than 220,000 healthcare professionals and more than 60% of electronic health record (EHR) vendors depend on DrFirst’s innovative software solutions to improve clinical workflows, expedite secure collaboration across a patient’s care team and drive better health outcomes. The company’s integrated technologies include its award-winning electronic prescribing platform, the most comprehensive medication history available, clinically specialized secure messaging, and patient medication adherence monitoring and benefits checking. In addition, DrFirst was the first to offer e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) and is considered the industry standard for providers nationwide. For more information, please visit or connect with us @DrFirst.


DrFirst Media Contact:
Jenn Cohen
Amendola Communications