MedChi, Maryland's medical society, partnered with a local health care software company to create an app that helps physicians better comply with state prescription laws.
Rockville's DrFirst developed the new app, called iPrescribe. The app aims to help health care providers better comply with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is operated by the state-designated health information exchange, called CRISP, and aims to track prescription data from across the state and ensure there is no potential misuse or abuse by physicians — like drug diversion or unlawful prescribing. Through the program, care providers in Maryland will have to query and review the state database prior to prescribing any opioid or benzodiazepine for a patient.
The iPrescribe app will allow providers to consult state prescription data and view a patient's history of opioid and other controlled drug prescriptions more efficiently. It will also provide data on up to 24 months of a patient’s medication history, and allow for secure communication among care teams and patients. The goal is for prescribers to be able to remain compliant with Maryland law and help prevent opioid overprescription or abuse among patients, without interrupting daily clinical workflow.
Read more on this app and how it can help long-term care providers at Baltimore Business Journal.