On Sept. 13, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, announced the release of its new certification programs for vendors handling the electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS).
The two certification programs from the Farmington, Conn.-based EHNAC evaluate pharmacy and prescribing companies that offer applications supporting electronic prescription of controlled substances. The programs are designed to demonstrate that vendors meet detailed regulations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as EHNAC core criteria addressing privacy, confidentiality, technical performance, business practices, resources, and security.
In a statement issued as part of EHNAC’s press release, “EHNAC’s new EPCS programs were developed through the collaboration of healthcare prescription vendor and network experts,” according to Mark Gingrich, commissioner and criteria committee chair of EHANC. In his statement, Gingrich added that “We are excited about the level of detail provided in these programs, which effectively address the requirements of the DEA regulations.”