ORLANDO, FLAt HIMSS14, Drummond Group Inc. announced that ScriptRx and Digital Business Solutions Inc. are the first companies to attain Drummond Group certification for their electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) software applications. To earn certification, each company’s software application for EPCS functionality was audited to ensure that it complied with the requirements delineated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) EPCS Final Rule (Interim), 21 CFR Part 1300, 1304, 1306, and 1311. Drummond Group’s EPCS certification process, one of the first approved by the DEA, is designed to review prescriber and pharmacy applications with EPCS extensions for compliance against the DEA EPCS rule.
The certification audit is a requirement before prescribers or pharmacies can begin to exchange e-prescriptions with controlled substances and to be activated by SureScripts to use its prescription exchange network. Furthermore, it will allow vendors to make available to prescribers and pharmacies solutions that will meet New York’s state mandate for paperless e-prescriptions (including controlled substances) set to take effect in March 2015.
“With the potential liability associated with EPCS, we needed to have the utmost confidence in our EPCS functionality. We felt very confident in working with Drummond Group whose audit processes had been reviewed and approved by the DEA,” said David Turner, SVP of Product Development at ScriptRx, an electronic medical record and e-prescribing software vendor based in West Palm Beach, Fla. “We were especially pleased with Drummond Group’s attention to the details of the DEA EPCS regulations, and their certification process made it possible for us to move forward and implement EPCS with confidence.”
“The EPCS interim final rule is complex and challenging. As an experienced certification company, Drummond Group offers what could be called a ‘user-friendly’ process while still ensuring that the application will meet the rigorous requirements associated with EPCS,” said Yasser Roushdy, CEO, Digital Business Solutions Inc., a California-based software company that develops pharmacy management software. “The EPCS team worked closely with us at first to help us understand the pharmacy-side EPCS requirements and made sure we knew what to expect during the certification process. The certification process guided us through the requirements and the pre-certification testing was instrumental in making sure we were ready for the final certification testing.”
“We are pleased to announce ScriptRx and Digital Business Solutions as our first two software companies to earn EPCS certification with more in the pipeline,” said Aaron Gomez, Drummond Group’s EPCS Program Director. “At Drummond Group, we ensure the EPCS certification process is carried out with integrity and strict interpretation to the regulations. Being one of the first certification organizations to have an EPCS certification process reviewed and approved by DEA (approved July 2012), we take our responsibility seriously knowing there is a lot of confusion in the marketplace when it comes to EPCS certification. For instance, we provide depth in understanding which certificate authorities or credential providers are approved, and what does the ‘processing integrity’ clarification published by DEA mean and how it may apply. Our certification process will make sure you understand these and all requirements so you can move forward with your implementation with confidence.”
Additional information on Drummond Group’s EPCS certification program is available at http://www.drummondgroup.com/index.php/services/epcs-certification. To receive the latest updates on the EPCS Certification Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com.
Founded in 1999, ScriptRx is a certified healthcare software vendor with solutions in emergency departments and urgent care centers from coast to coast. Their products range from prescription writing (ScriptRx Writer TM) to electronic discharge process software in hospital emergency departments (ScriptRx Discharge™), to ScriptRx EMR TM, and most recently ScriptRx Practice Suite TM, a full spectrum practice management, clinical documentation, and billing system for urgent care, walk-in clinics, and smaller practices. For more information about ScriptRx, please visit: http://www.scriptrx.com
About Digital Business Solutions, Inc.
Digital Business Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to the independent pharmacy owner or management team searching for the best technologies available to help guarantee pharmacy organization reach their business goals and objectives. We are a consulting team that believes in delivering complete solutions to the independent pharmacy market. We work with multiple technology providers and industry experts to complete the puzzle for your organization’s specific needs. Our greatest strength is our robust network of industry and pharmacy intelligence expertise. We are dedicated to each new opportunity to ensure better productivity and profitability. For more information about Digital Business Solutions, please visit: https://www.digital-rx.com.