New E-Prescribing Standard Expected to Improve Patient Safety, Workflow Efficiency, and Prescription Accuracy
MISSISSAUGA, ON – April 22, 2020 – PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, announced support for the use of the National Council for Prescription Drug Program’s (NCPDP) SCRIPT version 2017071. SCRIPT 2017071 is a messaging protocol used to electronically communicate medication orders to pharmacies. The new standard aims to help healthcare providers and pharmacies minimize manual processes that currently require leaving their workflows to exchange critical patient care information outside of the EHR.
NCPDP’s new standard aims to improve functionality and workflows using transactions identified by the industry as vital in improving patient safety, clinical decision-making, as well as business and administrative efficiencies. It includes additional information from the medication order, increased character capacity within order directions, and new message types to improve interoperability when orders transmit to the pharmacy. With the ability to send larger order directions, clinicians will no longer need to fax orders larger than 140 characters.
“The new e-prescribing standard supports a tremendous breadth of functionality to improve patient care and administrative efficiencies,” says Andy Brigant, vice-president and general manager, Pharmacy, PointClickCare. “Once implemented, we expect the new standard to allow our customers to access clinical data within their existing workflows which will ultimately lead to more informed decision-making.”
PointClickCare is working with each of our pharmacy partner vendors to validate successful transmission of orders using the new SCRIPT 2017071 standard. PointClickCare will support both SCRIPT 10.6 and SCRIPT 2017071 until the transition is complete, with a plan to sunset support for SCRIPT 10.6 by December 1, 2020.
For more information on how PointClickCare’s Integrated Medication Management (IMM) solution can streamline the medication management process, visit pointclickcare.com/integrated-medication-management/.
PointClickCare Technologies Inc., helps long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers gain the confidence they need to navigate the new realities of value-based healthcare – achieving preferred status in competitive and shrinking networks, optimizing financial and operational health, attracting and retaining the right staff, and connecting to the right partners and insights needed to effectively manage and mitigate risk. Recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Private Cloud Companies and acknowledged by KLAS Research as Best in KLAS Vendor for Long-term Care, PointClickCare leads the way in creating cloud-based environments where providers, patients, and payers eliminate data silos between care settings, connecting stakeholders to meaningful insights. With a suite of fully-integrated applications powered by an interoperable, mobile friendly, and regulatory-compliant electronic health record and revenue cycle management platform, PointClickCare helps care providers connect and collaborate within their care network. Over 21,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies use PointClickCare today, making it the North American healthcare IT market leader for the LTPAC industry. For more information on PointClickCare’s software solutions, please visit pointclickcare.com.