Updated E-Prescribing App for BlackBerry

— March 16, 2011

InstantDx/OnCallData, a pioneer in e-prescribing—having launched the first true two-way electronic connection to pharmacies, the first regional e-prescribing initiative (Rhode Island), and the first electronic-prescribing system certified by Surescripts—today announced the release of its newly updated mobile applications for BlackBerry, Android, iPad, iPhone devices that will provide physicians, hospitals and their emergency rooms, and communities with functionality to complement its new state-of-the-art portal.

InstantDx/OnCallData products, used for close to a decade by physicians’ offices in all 50 states and the Caribbean, as well as in multiple hospitals and communities, have always been recognized for their intuitive interface and ease of use while providing multiple clinical modules. As an example, all OnCallData products provide the patient-safety benefits associated with the coordination of medication reconciliation and electronic prescribing, both in the hospital as well as in the outpatient setting. Medication reconciliation includes:

  • an actionable, real-time, active and inactive-medication list (which can also be tied to the diagnoses)
  • drill-down features that allow the option of viewing the individual written (historical) prescriptions
  • creating a new or refill prescription

Prior to routing new prescriptions or renewals to any of the 56,000+ community and mail-order pharmacies (such as Medco, Express Scripts and CVS/Caremark) in the US, OnCallData’s electronic prescribing offers a complete drug-utilization review that checks:

  • drug-to-drug interactions
  • drug-to-allergy interactions
  • drug-to-diagnosis contraindications
  • patient eligibility
  • formulary

“We took the time to evaluate all of the electronic-prescribing medication-reconciliation portal front-end products that link to master patient indexes (MPIs),” says Dominick Bizzarro, CEO of HIXNY (Health Information Exchange New York). “By far, the InstantDx/OnCallData portal offers the most intuitive, comprehensive, yet easy-to-use product on the market. Year after year, we’ve come to appreciate the product more and more, as well as the outstanding service they deliver.”

The OnCallData Community Health Portal provides hospital systems and regional health information organizations (RHIOs) with a patient-centric view—a single point of access for electronic prescribing that reconciles medication history across multiple providers. This ensures that healthcare providers have access to a complete, up-to-date record of their patient’s medication history from a community-wide vantage point at the point of care, and are aware of medications prescribed outside of their particular practice or hospital. Additionally, the Community Health Portal provides all of the stakeholders in the prescribing process—including patients, physicians, pharmacists, and payers—with a unified hub for managing prescriptions.

By having a single source of medications and allergies for every patient, the portal is designed with the goal to reduce adverse prescription-drug reactions, which cost the United States healthcare system $136 billion annually (according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and put numerous patients at risk for debilitating long-term hospital stays or even death.

Chosen by NDCHealth to be its exclusive e-prescribing solution for Medisoft, Lytec and Concept, OnCallData physician users are able to take advantage of its real-time, two-way interface with these products (now owned by McKesson). In addition, Misys eScripts (OnCallData with Misys branding), recognized with a TEPR Award, is also being used by physician practices in keeping with the open borders/interoperability focus of today, as InstantDx/OnCallData is able to interface with any electronic medical record or practice management system.

“The newly updated mobile applications were carefully designed to maintain the same look and feel, as well as functionality, as the desktop and portal products that are currently used so successfully by physicians and their staff, hospitals, and health information exchanges,” says Allan M. Weinstein, M.D., chairman of InstantDx/OnCallData. “The key is to have a platform design that can be easily adapted for ongoing innovation, yet still fit in with the workflow requirements in today’s portal, desktop, tablet, and smartphone work environments. The products must look the same, provide the same actionable, accurate, of-the-moment information, and still be easy and intuitive to use, while delivering on the key attribute—speed, speed, and speed.”

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