February 25, 2010


E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: We’re doing that!

Education Session 176
Initial Experience with E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: How It’s Done
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
I’m excited to let you know that our CMO, Peter Kaufman, MD is set to co-host one of the HIMSS education sessions titled, Initial Experience with E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: How It’s Done.

For about a year and a half now, DrFirst has been working very hard to overcome the final major barrier to widespread adoption of e-prescribing: the problem of controlled substances and the DEA’s need to ensure it can enforce relevant laws in an electronic environment. We set out to demonstrate that although the DEA has numerous concerns, we have the technology and capability to make the process efficient, secure, and safe.
Under a waiver from the DEA, we have worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and ERx Network to implement our security protocol within pharmacy and physician software—along with the network which connects them—to conduct a pilot program allowing outpatient centers to electronically prescribe controlled substances. In September 2009, Berkshire Medical Group, sent the nation’s first DEA-approved prescription of a controlled substance electronically, using DrFirst’s e-prescribing application, Rcopia. This one prescription was a huge milestone in the ongoing advancements in electronic prescribing, and has helped pave the road for others to see How It’s Done!

Session discussion points:
  • The current state of e-prescribing of controlled substances
  • Explain the impact of the prohibition of e-prescribing controlled substances on practice workflow and e-prescribing adoption
  • Describe the Drug Enforcement Administration’s security concerns
  • Identify and plan for overcoming barriers to adoption of e-prescribing controlled substances
  • Identify the productivity gains associated with a single workflow for all prescribing

This is a must see event at this year’s HIMSS conference! We hope to see you there!
G. Cameron Deemer

About cdeemer

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).