Doylestown Hospital to Participate in DrFirst.com’s Pilot Program for RcopiaSync, the Newest Enhancement To Its Electronic Prescription Management System

Doylestown Hospital to Participate in DrFirst.com’s Pilot Program for RcopiaSync, the Newest Enhancement To Its Electronic Prescription Management System

Business Editors/Health & Medical Writers

ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BW HealthWire)–Jan. 5, 2001

DrFirst.com, Inc. announced today that it is has entered into a partnership with Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Pennsylvania whereby twenty member physicians of the Bucks County Physician Hospital Alliance at Doylestown Hospital will be participating in the pilot program of RcopiaSync, one of DrFirst’s newest enhancements for Rcopia.

Rcopia is DrFirst’s electronic prescription management system that allows physicians to print, fax, or email any prescription; operates on multiple handheld devices or desktop computers; has the ability to easily interface with practice management systems that communicate via the HL7 standard for medical information; and can be used online or offline.

The newest enhancement to Rcopia, RcopiaSync, allows physicians to create prescriptions any time, anywhere, and on any device. Rcopia is the product of unsurpassed technical expertise and is part of DrFirst’s integrated suite of physician practice management solutions. DrFirst’s products also include electronic medical records, enterprise practice management solutions, and secure messaging exchange.

Unlike most other electronic prescription systems which require physicians to use a specific device, DrFirst has developed the first electronic prescription management system that truly is device independent. DrFirst understands that each physician practices medicine differently; therefore, it is unrealistic to expect all physicians to carry the same personal digital assistant (PDA) or write prescriptions in the same way.

Rcopia allows physicians to create prescriptions as they prefer instead of adapting their style to the technology. A physician can write prescriptions when, where, and on what devices he or she likes best.

The only requirement for Rcopia is Internet access and even that can be intermittent or wireless. Any device that can connect to the Internet through a standard web browser can run Rcopia without any installation, downloading, or specialized setup.

RcopiaSync provides true flexibility to physicians to use Rcopia at the point-of-care, office, hospital, or home. This works from a desktop, laptop, wireless PC, and handheld devices with Internet capability.

RcopiaSync works with the Palm to allow the physicians to write prescriptions both online and offline from either their desktop or wireless computers in conjunction with Doylestown Hospital’s existing NextGen Enterprise Practice Management (EPM) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems.

“We are proud to be at the forefront in offering our physicians the latest in healthcare technology. Moreover, by offering RcopiaSync, we hope to help our physicians practice medicine with greater safety and efficiency,” said Brad Block, Chief Information Officer of Doylestown Hospital.

RcopiaSync permits users the capability to send prescriptions to pharmacies from their Palm, a standard PDA, using the Palm’s infrared (IR) port or a Palm cradle to connect to Rcopia over a secure Internet channel. A doctor can enter multiple prescriptions on the Palm at his or her convenience (without any kind of connection), and then send the prescriptions through the IR port/cradle to the central Rcopia server.

From there, Rcopia sends the prescriptions the pharmacy (by secure internet message, or by fax for pharmacies not connected to the Internet). The IR/cradle link also permits Rcopia to update the Palm’s database of patient, pharmacy, and drug data, so that the user is always using the latest information.

“We recognize that physicians want to use different devices to create prescriptions. We wanted to focus on creating a flexible solution that the majority of physicians will be able to use immediately,” said James F. Chen, Chairman and CEO of DrFirst.

“DrFirst attended our electronic prescription demonstration fair at our hospital this past November. We were impressed with their technical expertise and their ability to deliver on their promises. They were able to interface with our practice management software during set-up before the fair. With the addition of RcopiaSync, we will offer our physicians more flexibility. We are looking forward to partnering with DrFirst in other areas to find additional solutions for our physicians,” said Sheri Putnam, Executive Director of the Bucks County Physician Hospital Alliance.

RcopiaSync is the most recent enhancement released for Rcopia. DrFirst also recently introduced RcopiaLink, which creates an interface to transfer patient demographic data between Rcopia and most practice management systems.

RcopiaLink is a data communication program provided by DrFirst which links patient demographic records in the NextGen EPM with corresponding records in Rcopia. Most prescription-writing systems require physicians to enter patient information twice: once in the prescription-writing system and once in the practice management system.

RcopiaLink, on the other hand, allows patient demographics to be managed solely from the practice management system, but they can still be accessed through Rcopia for electronic prescription writing. RcopiaLink can also be integrated with other systems that communicate via the HL7 standard for medical information. For other practice management systems not based on HL7, DrFirst technical expertise can also develop interfaces to Rcopia easily. In addition, Rcopia is based on an open system architecture.

Without RcopiaLink, every time a physician creates a new patient or changes a patient’s information, the change has to be done twice, once in the practice management system and once in the prescription system. With RcopiaLink, the change to the patient’s data needs only to be done once. RcopiaLink eliminates the need to double input patient information to a prescription management system, which is time-consuming and costly.

“The ability to connect patient demographic information with Rcopia is a very important functionality of an electronic prescription system. This system not only improves the accuracy of all my prescriptions but also significantly reduces the amount of work needed in managing prescriptions,” said Dr. Jon Walheim, Medical Director of the Bucks County Physician Hospital Alliance and a practicing Internal Medicine physician.

DrFirst will be demonstrating RcopiaSync and RcopiaLink at Booth Number 1216 at the 2001 Annual Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans between February 4-8, 2001.

About DrFirst.com

DrFirst.com provides membership-based communication and business productivity solutions for physicians, dentists, and healthcare organizations on an Application Service Provider (ASP) basis. The platform for DrFirst’s products and services is its Secure Message Exchange (SMX) network, which was built with technology from V-ONE Corp. (NASDAQ:VONE).

The system allows its members to communicate securely within their practices and with colleagues, labs, pharmacies, hospitals, and other business partners outside their practices. Members also access DrFirst’s software applications through the network. These include practice management and electronic medical records software applications from MicroMed Healthcare Information Systems, Inc. a division of Quality Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII).

More information about DrFirst can be found at the company’s website, www.drfirst.com.

About The Bucks County Physician Hospital Alliance

The Bucks County Physician Hospital Alliance was founded in 1989 as a cooperative effort of Doylestown Hospital and the Doylestown Independent Practice Association with more than 250 physician members.

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