Atlantic Integrated Health to provide DrFirst's Rcopia e-Prescribing solution to its 4000 physician members in North Carolina

Rockville 17 February 2004DrFirst and Atlantic Integrated Health (AIH), a large physician owned network in North Carolina, have closed a partnership to deploy Rcopia, DrFirst's e-Prescribing solution, to its 4000 physician members. The announcement comes after a successful 90-day pilot with AIH physicians that found that Rcopia saves time, enhances patient safety, and reduces the resources spent handling telephone calls and faxes related to the prescription process. Just a week before, DrFirst and PatientKeeper signed a partnership to port Rcopia to the PatientKeeper Platform. The joint solution allows clinicians to use their mobile devices to produce legible prescriptions that are checked for drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions.

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"With physicians constantly on the move, the advances in mobile technology are providing a great opportunity to help physicians as they practise medicine", stated John Bartos, president of DrFirst. "Together with PatientKeeper, we will offer e-Prescribing on the PatientKeeper Platform, a well recognized standard in health care. Its best-of-breed portfolio of applications is valuable to our clients who want to reach inside and outside the hospital, and its robust technology is ideally suited for advanced mobile applications such as e-Prescribing."

The PatientKeeper Platform connects mobile devices with existing hospital information systems and supports a broad and growing portfolio of mobile applications, including clinical results, charge capture, mobile dictation, drug reference, and more. PatientKeeper's open platform includes software development kits (SDKs) with published APIs that allow third-party developers to rapidly develop and deploy mobile solutions.

"PatientKeeper is committed to providing our clients with best-of-breed solutions to meet their needs", stated Stephen S. Hau, founder and vice president of marketing and business development, PatientKeeper. "After an extensive review of the market, we are pleased to partner with DrFirst to offer Rcopia, a leading e-Prescribing solution." PatientKeeper and DrFirst demonstrated the combined e-Prescribing solution at the recent HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Atlantic Integrated Health chose Rcopia because it is the most advanced e-Prescribing solution on the market today. Rcopia operates on multiple platforms and devices and is a truly mobile solution. Accessible both on computers using Internet Web browsers and on handheld devices, Rcopia can be used both on-line or off-line while intermittently connecting through Wi-Fi or Blue Tooth local area wireless, Wide Area Wireless, docking cradles, or IR ports.

Since the patient information resides on the database of the PDA, users of Rcopia, unlike other solutions, do not need to be connected to the Internet to use it. As a result, Rcopia allows physicians to carry a PDA with all of the information necessary to make a knowledgeable prescription decision at the point of care: a list of all of their patients with each patient's demographic data, medication list, and allergy list, the physician's favorite drug list, a pharmacy list, and patient-specific insurance formulary information. Since Rcopia automatically checks both for drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions, potential errors are identified at the point-of-care.

Rcopia is a SureScripts Certified Solution, which enables physicians to electronically access and conduct two-way communications with more than 50 percent of chain and independent pharmacies across the country that are connected to SureScripts Messenger Services. The connectivity to pharmacies will not only allow physicians using Rcopia to electronically transmit new prescriptions, but will also enable them to expedite refills electronically, improving the current inefficient process of phoning and faxing.

Additionally, Rcopia has the unique capability of connecting to health plan pharmacy benefit managers through its relationship with RxHub. In so doing, Rcopia provides the patients' medication history and streamlines medication prescribing by providing patient-specific drug benefit information. This functionality enables physicians to make informed prescribing decisions at the point of care.

"Excellent patient safety is achieved with Rcopia, it is like a clearing house for patient prescriptions. I would no sooner give up using Rcopia than to go back to filing paper insurance claims", stated Robert A. Krause, M.D., a member of Atlantic Integrated Health, who practises Family Medicine in Jacksonville, North Carolina and participated in the pilot.

"I love it. Rcopia e-Prescribe has made my job 100 times easier. I don't have to stay on hold waiting for the pharmacist any more. It is great for patient safety too. It lets you know allergy information and allows us to create or refill a prescription in just three clicks", stated Vickie Vineyard, CMA, an Atlantic Integrated Health member at Goldsboro Family Physicians in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Mr. Wayne Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer of AIH, noted that AIH has been successful in the past due to its careful selecting of partners to help their membership deal with various technology and HIPAA requirements. By providing Rcopia to its physicians at a discounted price, Mr. Williams believes AIH will help its physicians save money and increase productivity. "It's clear that e-Prescribing is a powerful tool that truly helps physicians, their practices, and, most importantly, their patients", stated Mr. Williams.

Atlantic Integrated Health was founded in 1994 by physicians to offer accessible, cost-effective and high quality health care services to employers and other health care consumers in Eastern North Carolina. AIH is a regional network of approximately 4000 credentialed physicians who are committed and accountable to improving the health status of their patients and the communities where they practise while reducing overall health care costs for employers and other health care consumers.

Utilizing the latest advancements in Internet, security, wireless and Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology, DrFirst provides a suite of integrated, affordable, intuitive and easily implemented products and services to the health care community. DrFirst's products include e-prescribing, charge capture, and secure messaging. These comprehensive solutions solve critical communication, business productivity and clinical needs of physicians, clinics, hospitals and health systems. More news is available in the VMW May 2003 article DrFirst makes CPOE Rcopia engine available for licensing on OEM basis.


Leslie Versweyveld

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