Standards Group Approved to Certify Apps For e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

By Alex Ruoff

Jan. 28 — The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a nonprofit health IT standards development group, has been approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration to certify applications used to electronically prescribe controlled substances.

Physicians increasingly are using electronic health records enabled to electronically prescribe and are fueling demand for e-prescribing networks and applications that are DEA-approved for transmitting prescriptions for controlled substances, Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC, told Bloomberg BNA Jan. 28.  He said EHNAC hopes to offer its certification services to health information exchange organizations and EHR vendor networks offering products that are capable of e-prescribing controlled substances.

“E-prescribing is very much part of the meaningful use program and many states are legislating the use of e-prescribing to reduce error rates and get patients their prescriptions faster,” Barrett said. “The capability is there and I think more and more we’re going to see physicians and physician practices using it and demanding it.”

EHNAC offers two certification programs for technology developers handling e-prescribing of controlled substances, the group said in a release. The programs evaluate pharmacy and prescribing companies that offer applications supporting electronic prescription of controlled substances.
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