Hospital and other healthcare organizations with automated, high volume prescription production requirements realize significant cost and effort savings when they introduce the Paris solution to print prescriptions directly on to plain paper.
While electronic prescription (“e-prescription”) adoption is growing, it is still generally recognized that paper-based prescriptions will continue to be required in many situations, especially in terms of patient flexibility. It is therefore accepted that the printing of computer generated prescriptions will remain with us for the foreseeable future. However, the current process remains complicated and costly due to the need to integrate tamper-resistant features for integrity and security.
Pre-printed prescription paper is expensive, costing as much as a dollar per sheet. It must also be securely stored and protected to prevent unauthorized use. This often requires strict security including special locking printer paper trays and administrative effort to ensure supply. This can particularly become costly and inefficient across large organizations with a need to print prescriptions at multiple points.
The Paris Enterprise Tamper Resistant Prescription Printing solution eliminates the cost and effort by allowing organizations to print computer generated prescriptions directly on plain paper while still ensuring the necessary tamper-resistance and conforming to CMS requirements. Organizations no longer have to be concerned with purchasing or managing expensive pre-printed prescription paper.
The Paris Enterprise Tamper Resistant Prescription Printing solution works with all of the major EMR, HIS and CIS systems by automatically composing prescriptions and applying the necessary tamper resistance features for output to plain paper. There is no longer any need for special pre-printed tamper-resistant paper as the tamper-resistance features are included in the print stream.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that hand written and computer generated prescriptions include at least one feature from the following three categories:
Category 1 – Copy Resistance:One or more industry recognized features designed to prevent unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription form.
Category 2 – Erasure/Modification ResistanceOne or more industry recognized features designed to prevent the erasure or modification of information written on the prescription by the prescriber.
Category 3 – Counterfeit ResistanceOne or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit prescription forms
The Paris Enterprise Tamper Resistant Prescription Printing solution achieves this through the following features applied to the print stream to plain paper:
(Category 1 – Copy Resistance) The application of a “Pantograph” secure pattern which, when copied, produces the word “Void” or other notification.
(Category 1 – Copy Resistance) The application of a “Pantograph” secure pattern to display a logo or other mark which, when copied, is lost.
(Category 1 – Copy Resistance) The application of “Micro Printing” to present lines or borders which, when magnified, contain prescription or patient information. When copied, these lines become illegible.
(Category 2 – Erasure/Modification Resistance) The application of a border and surrounding “*” characters for quantities to prevent modification.
(Category 3 – Counterfeit Resistance) The presentation of a list of included tamper-resistance features to aid pharmacists in identifying and checking the features present.
Please Note: Requirements do vary by state. Also for details, refer to the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) “Best Practices” letter.