HID Global to Provide Electronic Prescriptions of Controlled Substances to Enhance Patient’s Convenience

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  • HID Global has been selected by Nemours Children’s Health System to provide a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-compliant solution for Electronic Prescriptions of Controlled Substances (EPCS).
  • The solution easily integrates with the Nemours’ Epic Electronic Health Records (EHR) system to automate their paper-based prescription system and enhance their patience experience
  • Prescribing doctors can now quickly and simply authenticate to write online narcotic prescriptions and patient wait times at pharmacies has been significantly reduced for a more convenient experience

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, on February 16, 2017, announced that it has deployed a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-compliant and government certified solution for Electronic Prescriptions of Controlled Substances (EPCS) at Nemours Health System. The solution easily integrates with the Nemours’ Epic Electronic Health Records (EHR) system to automate their paper-based prescription system and provide and enhanced patience experience. In addition to increasing overall productivity, the new system makes pharmacy visits faster and more convenient for patients by eliminating the need to obtain paper-based prescriptions and reducing wait times.

According to a study by NASSCOM, the Indian healthcare IT market is valued at $1billion (about Rs 6,650 crore) and is likely to grow about 1.5 times by 2020. With increasing customer adoption, privatization of healthcare and rapid growth of technologies like predictive analytics and cloud, India poses tremendous opportunities for the healthcare IT market. HID Global has also announced that the solution is available in India.

Nemours’ previous manual process was extremely inconvenient for prescribing physicians and they could not issue prescriptions to patients during Telemedicine sessions — an otherwise efficient and real-time means for delivery of care. “Our mission is to be the guardians of children’s health and joy, which also extends to being the guardians of their health information,” said Bernie Rice, chief information officer with Nemours Children’s Health System. “To fulfill our mission, we needed an e-prescribing solution that would enable us to provide the exact care our patients need, when and where they need it, and that minimized impact on home and work life while providing all necessary protections for personal data.”

The new HID Global solution provides the convenience for the prescribing physician to choose the authentication mode that best fit his or her workflow in a given scenario. It empowers Nemours to attach a digital certificate of ID authentication to a FIPS 140.2 certified credential, using IdenTrust as the Certificate Authority for each authorized prescriber. The HID Global credentials also include one-time password (OTP) functionality that allows EPCS authentication using an OTP, without the need of a desktop reader.

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