A year ago New York State passed a bill requiring that all prescriptions for controlled and non-controlled drugs that are issued by medical and dental practitioners to pharmacies be submitted electronically. Practitioners asked for a delay but now as of March 27, 2016 the New York State requirement has taken effect. We updated our software last year to include e-prescribing so we have been on-board for a year. I love e-prescribing! It is easy to transmit a prescription electronically with our software and e-prescribing protects the patient. We can check dosages and history for a given patient – errors are much less likely.
This electronic prescribing requirement is intended to address the misuse of controlled drugs. Electronic prescribing software provides us with a more complete picture of a patient’s prescription history, in addition to options and doses. Prescriptions are transmitted immediately to the patient’s pharmacy to be filled. This will eliminate errors resulting from poor handwriting or a misunderstanding. Electronic prescriptions are tamper-proof and stolen prescription pads will not be accepted. E-prescribing software improves drug safety by enabling the dentist to automatically check drug dosges, adverse reactions and duplicate drugs. Access to the patient’s medication history is available to us on the spot. Our e-prescribing software is linked to our Dentrix practice management system. It is seamless.
There are times when electronic transmission is not practical and then paper prescription pads may be used. For example a prescription that will be filled by a patient in a state other than New York will require a paper script. Another example might be a power or Internet failure.
We are compliant. The future is here!