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Emdeon Announces Support for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Using the DEA-Allowed Quicker-to-Market Approach
Date:8/15/2011

been referred to in the industry as "Option 2," requires the transmission of a flag from the prescriber to the pharmacy indicating that a controlled substance prescription has been sent by a DEA-certified prescriber using a two-factor authentication method. The digital signature is validated, captured and stored, all by the prescriber, but not transmitted to the pharmacy. This option requires the pharmacy or last intermediary to digitally sign the transaction as received to verify that the data has not been modified after receipt. Option 2 utilizes currently available software and industry standard transaction data to confirm the authenticity of the transmission resulting in easier compliance with the IFR.

"While Emdeon supports both options, in an effort to speed the implementation of EPCS, we broadly support Option 2 as an initial phase of implementation," said Mark Lyle, senior vice president of pharmacy services for Emdeon. "We believe that Option 2 will enable prescribers and pharmacies to adopt EPCS more quickly and still meet the requirements of the IFR."

As the only ePrescribing network with market-based experience in transmitting EPCS, Emdeon through its eRx Network is already demonstrating the achievability of EPCS and its potential impact on healthcare. Emdeon is participating in a multi-year research project with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), DrFirst and several other leading industry providers to support this project for EPCS.

"Prescribers and pharmacies are excited about closing the loop on ePrescribing by implementing EPCS," said Peter Kaufman, chief medical officer for DrFirst. "We support the industry's efforts in promoting this quick-to-market option to allow broader adoption of ePrescribing."

Emdeon's secure and interoperable network is the largest financial and administrative healthcare information exchange in the nation. Clinical exchange volumes among Emdeon's suite of solutions are increas
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