ePrescribing is Here to Stay—The Latest States to Make the Switch

In 2003 electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) was introduced as a cheaper, more convenient, and safer way to prescribe medication. It has become an integral part in providing quality care and now several states including Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, and New York have implemented ePrescribe mandates. California and Michigan are next.

So, what does this mean for my practice?  

Starting October 1, 2021, for Michigan and January 1, 2022, for California, optometrists, ophthalmologists and other prescribers will be required to send all medication prescriptions electronically. If your practice is currently using paper medication prescriptions, they will no longer meet the Michigan and California Pharmacy Law requirements. 

As the eye care industry continues to evolve, we are seeing a shift from traditional paper workflows to smart technology and automation. Whether you are practicing in a state immediately affected by this new mandate or not, we recommend you check your state guidelines. You may need to adjust your office procedures or secure new software in order to comply with these new ePrescribe mandates soon.  

How do I comply with ePrescribe mandates using Eyefinity EHR?  

We understand how important regulatory compliance is to you and your patients. That’s why Eyefinity EHR has built-in ePrescribe capabilities to help you effortlessly comply with these new mandates. With Eyefinity EHR and a dedicated iPad app, you can effectively manage patients’ prescriptions anywhere, anytime, on any device connected to the internet. Already an Eyefinity EHR user? Click here to learn more.  

Why should I prescribe medication electronically?  

While it is important for regulatory compliance, ePrescribing also has a few extra benefits for optometry practices:  

  • Securely access patient medication history and receive alerts for potential drug interactions and allergies the patient may have, in real time. 
  • Save patients money with the ability to find and suggest available coupons, while increasing the transparency they have into their out-of-pocket cost.   
  • Make the most informed decision for your patient’s treatment plan with the ability to see what other providers are prescribing with Grand Rounds Medication Assist.  
  • Take the guesswork out of handwritten prescriptions, reduce potential errors and the need for prescription clarifications at the pharmacy. 

We understand staying on top of the latest regulations affecting the eyecare industry is no easy feat. That’s why with Eyefinity EHR you can do everything listed above and more, so you can easily comply without any disruptions to your workflow.   

Interested in Eyefinity’s cloud-based software? Click here to learn more or call our Account Executives at 1.800.269.3666 option 2. 

Is Your Software Up-To-Date?

software updateMaintaining your car, home, appliances, and personal health is important to ensure optimal performance. Your software is no different! Are you protected from computer security risks? Is your technology allowing you to run a profitable business while delivering a great customer experience?

If you are using Eyefinity Practice Management or Eyefinity EHR, you don’t have to worry about software updates. Being “in the cloud” means Eyefinity maintains your software, ensuring that you are always using the most up-to-date version of your cloud-based software.

If you are using one of our on-premises solutions, like OfficeMate/ExamWRITER, then you need to download and install the newest software update, OfficeMate/ExamWRITER 12.0. This version will prepare you for ICD-10. It’s a great idea to download and install this version by July 2015, so that you are prepared for the government’s ICD-10 cut over well before the October 1, 2015, deadline.

Keeping up to date with software partner patches is also important. For Example, if you are using the ExamWRITER ePrescribing Interface, there is an update that needs to be installed by June 30, 2015. Partners like DrFirst, make changes to upgrade their functionality which can impact the eprescribing integration with ExamWRITER. Small patch updates only take a few minutes to download and run and are important in preventing interruptions in services you depend on.

We all agree that there are benefits to be gained from the 30K, 60K, and 100K mile car tune ups. Annual physical and optometric exams are something you recommend to your own patients. Don’t forget about the importance of maintaining your software, too!