Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) can help deliver a number of significant benefits to providers and patients, but to enable EPCS, organizations must meet a number of DEA requirements. These requirements are designed to track and audit the connection between practitioners and the signatures they use for EPCS orders, including provider identity proofing, logical access control, two-factor authentication, and various reporting requirements. It is important to note that traditional token solutions are not sufficient to meet the DEA requirements for EPCS.
Understanding these requirements is essential to ensuring a fully compliant EPCS process. At the same time, it is important to consider the impact to clinical workflow when making key decisions throughout the EPCS initiative.
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