Sprint and DrFirst to offer health care providers wireless ePrescription solution

Overland Park 19 May 2004Sprint and DrFirst, a provider of unique software solutions for physicians, hospitals and clinics, have signed an agreement whereby Sprint and DrFirst will jointly offer DrFirst's wireless ePrescribing solution to health care providers. Under the agreement, DrFirst's Rcopia electronic prescription-management system will be available on select Sprint PCS Vision Smart Devices as part of Sprint's health care mobility solutions strategy, which includes a recently announced agreement with palmOne Inc. to develop end-to-end mobile enterprise solutions targeting health care organisations.


"Sprint is pleased to add DrFirst's Rcopia application to its health care mobility solutions portfolio", stated Judy Train, director of health care marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. "By combining unique applications with our innovative devices and the capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, Sprint is able to offer physicians and health care organisations numerous end-to-end mobility solutions for improving patient care and business efficiencies."

Rcopia ePrescribing is an electronic prescription-management system that provides physicians and their staff with an easy-to-use, Web- and PDA-based system of writing and managing the entire prescription process from start to finish. Rcopia creates, modifies, saves, prints and faxes or electronically delivers the prescription directly and securely to the pharmacy from practically any computer, desktop or handheld that is connected to the Internet. The application can ease the burdens of prescription management for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and office-management staff.

Benefits of Rcopia include:

  • Legible scripts for pharmacies, thereby reducing dangerous errors and time-consuming follow-up calls
  • Easy to use: creates prescriptions quickly and accurately from pick lists
  • Accessible from the office, hospital and home
  • Connectivity: wireless LAN, WAN, IR port, cellular data services and docking environment
  • Remembers the most recently entered pharmacy and medication dosage/interval for a patient
  • Remembers the physicians' preferred ways of prescribing
  • Warns of possible allergic and drug-to-drug interactions and compliance with insurance formularies
  • For increased security, data is encrypted on the PDA using state-of-the-art 3-DES encryption

Rcopia's features and functionality were recently recognized by the Medical Records Institute as a 2004 TEPR Award finalist in the ePrescription Management Systems category. The TEPR (Toward Electronic Patient Records) awards recognize outstanding health care information system solutions.

"We are pleased to be part of Sprint's mobility solutions for the health care community", stated John F. Bartos, Jr., president of DrFirst. "By jointly offering our solutions, we are able to increase our respective value to the physician community. Working with Sprint and palmOne to distribute this solution greatly assists our mission to further widespread adoption of ePrescribing and the significant benefits the technology brings to all participants in the process: the patient, the physician, the pharmacy and the insurer", stated Mr. Bartos.

Sprint is dedicated to providing integrated communication solutions that help health care providers balance patient care with cost management and comply with mandated regulations. Leveraging its unique portfolio of wireless and wireline assets, Sprint can provide complete managed mobility, digital imaging and telemedicine solutions designed for the health care market.

Sprint has also built a strong portfolio of security products and services that health care organisations can use to address Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security requirements. The company has been recognized for its leadership in vertical markets overall with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Telecom Services Vertical Company of the Year Award and the 2002 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Leadership Award for Customized Healthcare Solutions.

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 65.000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more Sprint news, please read the VMW May 2004 article Sprint and MercuryMD offer health care providers one-stop shopping opportunity for mobility solutions.

Utilizing the latest advancements in Internet, security, wireless, Web 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 ePrescribing and secure messaging. These comprehensive solutions solve critical communication, business productivity and clinical needs of physicians, clinics, hospitals and health systems. More information on DrFirst is available in the VMW March 2004 article Atlantic Integrated Health to provide DrFirst's Rcopia e-Prescribing solution to its 4000 physician members in North Carolina.

Leslie Versweyveld

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