Can the program be integrated in Accuro to have physician assistants help with refill authorizations?
Thank you for the great question! As physicians, delegating certain tasks can be an important part of our practice. At this time, delegated prescribing is not supported. PrescribeIT specifications are developed based on the EMR's ability to support licensed prescribers. However, the PrescribeIT and Accuro specifications are still in development and expected to be deployed later this year so I am unable to provide a more detailed response at this time.
Is PrescribeIT going to work with acute care facilities for discharge prescriptions?
At the moment, PrescribeIT is only available in the community setting for both prescribers and pharmacies. The hope is to eventually have this as an option for hospitals in the near future, as the platform continues to grow and expand. There is actually a pilot for hospital use currently being done in the Ottawa region.
Does the requesting pharmacy have to be a PrescribeIT client in order for the program to work on the physician's end?
In your EMR, you will have the option to select when writing your prescription “draft, post only, print, fax or e-Sign and Send.”* If the Pharmacy you select is a part of PrescribeIT — the e-Sign and Send will be highlighted. If the Pharmacy is not yet a part of PrescribeIT, you can select one of the other options.
PrescribeIT® integrates seamlessly into electronic medical records (EMR) and pharmacy management systems (PMS), enabling prescribers to digitally transmit prescriptions to pharmacies. Transmission is secure, private, and directed to the patient’s pharmacy of choice.
*Please note the exact wording might differ across various EMRs.
One hesitation I have to implementation is holiday coverage. I may have a Locum cover & need temporary old-style faxing resumed. Is this possible?
For the first few months of using PrescribeIT I had my colleague cover my practice by faxing prescription requests even though I am utilizing PrescribeIT. I wouldn’t consider this a barrier but would love to clarify this if you have more questions!
Is Oscar based EMRs on the radar for PrescribeIT integration?
Oscar PRO are now fully functional with PrescribeIT. From what I understand often the main hurdle in getting software onboard with PrescribeIT is to ensure there are sufficient privacy and safety protocols to conform to regulations. The Well Health and Kai Innovations instances of Oscar PRO have done this, with a full rollout expected soon.
And, as my colleague Dr. Pepe points out, be it for Oscar EMR or other platforms the single most important thing users can do is emphasize the importance of the integration of technology like PrescribeIT in their EMR.