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Did You Know? Unveiling Lesser-Known Facts About Electronic Prescribing that Apply to Your Practice and Comply with the 2024 EPCS Law

Nov 13, 2023
Robert McDermott, President and CEO, iCoreConnect

In the dynamic realm of healthcare, innovations are ceaselessly transforming the way dental professionals operate, ensuring greater precision and patient safety. Electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) stands as a prime example of this transformation, facilitating a seamless transition from paper to digital prescriptions.

As of January 1, 2024, all Illinois controlled substance prescribers, including dentists, who prescribe more than 150 schedule II-V controlled substances in a calendar year need to prescribe electronically. But there is more to ePrescribing than a law requiring it. But there is more to ePrescribing than a law requiring it. There are some lesser-known facts that can shed light on the significance and benefits of ePrescribing controlled substances, and all medications, particularly in the context of the law.

Just imagine a digital superhighway that connects dentists, pharmacies, and patients effortlessly. That's what ePrescribing creates—a streamlined route for every prescription medication you write.

So, did you know?

1.  A Prescription's Digital Odyssey: Behind the scenes of a simple click lies a complex digital journey. When a dentist ePrescribes a medication, the prescription undergoes an intricate process of encryption and secure transmission. This high-tech voyage ensures that the prescription reaches the pharmacy intact and untouched, safeguarding the privacy and integrity of sensitive patient information.

2. Illinois’ Digital Leap: Did you know that the 2024 controlled substance ePrescribing law actually ushers in a new era for dentists? This move was about revolutionizing patient care, enhancing prescription accuracy, and minimizing the potential for prescription fraud.

3. Hidden Heroes: Ever heard of two-factor authentication? This digital security superhero is a must-know for dentists. When you log in to your ePrescribing system, it's not just your password that's at play. Two-factor authentication requires a second layer of verification, like a unique code sent to your phone. This dynamic duo ensures that only authorized personnel can access and transmit prescriptions.

4. Trailblazing for Patient Safety: Through electronic prescribing, dentists can harness the power of real-time drug interaction alerts. This means that when you prescribe a medication, the system might flag potential interactions with other drugs the patient is taking.

5. Eco-Friendly and Efficient: By ditching paper prescriptions, dentists contribute to reducing paper waste and promoting a greener planet. Plus, it's a time-saver. No more waiting for faxes or lost prescriptions. It's a win-win for efficiency and the environment.

6. Data Insights and Continuous Improvement: Behind the scenes of ePrescribing, a treasure trove of data accumulates. Dentists can tap into this goldmine to gain insights into prescribing patterns, medication adherence, and patient outcomes. This data-driven approach opens avenues for continuous improvement in patient care and prescription practices.

7. Improved Prescription Tracking: Electronic prescriptions are easier to track and manage compared to traditional paper prescriptions. Dentists can maintain accurate records of all prescribed medications, simplifying medication reconciliation and improving overall patient care.

8. The Power of Interoperability: In the world of ePrescribing, this means that your ePrescribing system can talk to your practice management system. Your systems exchange important information effortlessly, creating a cohesive patient care experience.

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, cloud ePrescribing emerges as a transformative force. By venturing into the realm of ePrescribing, dentists are embarking on a journey of innovation and patient-centric excellence.

iCoreRx cloud-based ePrescribing software, from ISDS Endorsed Partner iCoreConnect, improves prescription safety, accuracy, and adherence. iCoreRx makes the transition incredibly fast and easy, so you can be up and running in a short amount of time. Book a demo at or call 888.810.7706. Discounts apply for ISDS members.