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Learn all about Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Posted by Alok Prasad

What Is a Controlled Substance?

Prescription drugs are those drugs that are prescribed by a provider for a specific person and bought at a pharmacy. These are regulated by FDA. Prescription drugs are classified into two categories:

  1. Non-controlled prescription drugs
  2. Controlled prescription drugs

Non-controlled drugs are prescribed to treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and bacterial infections. Such prescriptions are not subject to some of the same limitations as controlled substance prescriptions.

Controlled substances are drugs or medications (whether prescription or illicit) considered to have the highest misuse and use disorder potential and therefore have the strictest regulation and prescription requirements on a federal and state levels. They are regulated by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) which was enacted as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. To prescribe controlled substance medication, a clinician must have a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) license; to fill a prescription, a pharmacist must also have a controlled substance license.

 

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What are Electronic Health Records (EHR)?

Posted by Alok Prasad

What is EHR?

EHR Definition

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic or digital version of a patient’s traditional paper-based chart and offers a comprehensive, real-time and patient centered view of a patient’s medical history maintained by one or more authorized providers over time to authorized set of users. EHRs include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that persons care under one of more authorized providers, including demographics, progress notes, allergies, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports, etc.

 

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