Sequel Systems Announces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

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Sequel Systems earns electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) certification, improving provider workflow and patient safety.

Sequel Systems, Inc., a healthcare IT company, today announced their EPCS certification for their electronic health record (EHR), SequelMed®. The certification allows e-prescribing for Schedule II through V controlled substances from within SequelMed® EHR.

Sequel Systems completed the certification in compliance with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Interim Final Rule (IFR) Title 21 CFR Part 1311— a regulation that permits e-prescribing for controlled substances and drives more efficient and secure processes.

“EPCS provides a safe and convenient way for physicians to prescribe scheduled medications electronically, and improves patient safety by reducing medication errors, prescription fraud and abuse,” said Khurshid Mughal, chief executive officer at Sequel Systems. “We are pleased to announce our EPCS certification and offer e-prescribing to help our clients deliver better, safer and faster care.”

All applications used for e-prescribing controlled substances must undergo testing and certification through a third-party auditor, required by the DEA. Sequel Systems’ testing and certification was completed by Drummond Group, one of the first DEA-approved certification organizations.

“We chose to complete our certification with Drummond Group, one of the most experienced software testing and certification labs in the nation,” said Mughal. “Their expert-driven and detailed certification process ensures we can deliver EPCS to our clients with confidence.”

“Drummond Group’s certification process is backed by expertise and coupled with a customer-friendly approach, where we walk our customer through a complete requirements review, provide dry run testing with gap analysis and final certification,” said Aaron Gomez, director of EPCS certification at Drummond Group. “We congratulate Sequel Systems on completing their EPCS certification.”

In compliance with DEA IFR Title 21 CFR Part 1311, all clinicians e-prescribing within SequelMed® EHR will be required to review Sequel Systems’ certification report and the DEA’s EPCS requirements. Clients who want to activate this functionality can call 800-965-2728 to speak with a Sequel Systems support team member.

About Drummond Group
Drummond Group is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or email epcs(at)drummondgroup(dot)com.

About Sequel Systems
Sequel Systems, founded in 1995, is a healthcare IT company that specializes in solutions for hospitals, health organizations, physician practices and billing companies. The company’s flagship solution, SequelMed® is trusted by more than 15,000 physicians in the United States. Sequel Systems has also been recognized as a finalist for the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s Business Achievement Awards (September 2009) and Long Island Business Association's Healthcare Heroes Awards (December 2009). For more information about Sequel Systems visit http://www.sequelmed.com.

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