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Industry Pushes Forward With E-Prescribing

by Dan Bowman

FierceHealthIT

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Rule change enables e-prescribing of all controlled substances nationwide

All controlled substances now legally can be electronically prescribed in any state, nationwide, after Vermont enacted updated administrative rules on Aug. 28. While Missouri, in late July, became the last state to pass laws allowing the e-prescribing of controlled substances, according to its state medical association, Vermont, which had already allowed some e-prescribing, limited those efforts to Schedule 3-5 drugs.

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As Regulations Change New Opportunities Emerge: Are You Ready?

Technology and, particularly, e-commerce, has the potential to significantly change traditional methods of providing healthcare. Patients will no longer be bound by geographic limitations when seeking care, requiring new thinking about regulations that govern how providers deliver care. In what may be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of regulatory changes loosening up opportunities for mhealth options, Vermont has become the last state to allow e-prescribing of controlled substances. How can you best position your healthcare organization to operate in this rapidly changing environment?

Healthcare competition is no longer local. As mhealth becomes more of a reality, despite continuing barriers related to interoperability and regulation, healthcare organizations must consider how they will prepare for new ways of delivering care to patients who may be dispersed, literally, around the globe. Now is the time to start having conversations and bringing these considerations into your strategic planning discussions. Excerpt: All controlled substances now legally can be electronically prescribed in any state, nationwide, after Vermont enacted updated administrative rules on Aug. 28. While Missouri, in late July, became the last state to pass laws allowing the e-prescribing of controlled substances, according to its state medical association, Vermont, which had already allowed some e-prescribing, limited those efforts to Schedule 3-5 drugs.

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