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As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Mar
25
2010

March 15 marked the end of the public comment period on CMS’ proposed interim rule on meaningful use and PQRI. Now CMS is sifting through the 2,700 written responses to qualify those that are relevant and make sure they are given due consideration. According to Tony Trenkle, director of the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services, some 2,000 of the comments have been read thus far.

Since the rule is classified as an ‘interim final rule,’ the government can only act upon recommendations that suggest refinements to issues already addressed in the original text.

Common Public Suggestions:

  • Lower the bar for providers, allowing more to qualify for incentives
  • Give additional clarification on the rule
  • Allow flexibility in adopting measures for meaningful use
  • Set some measures as core, some measures as optional
  • Reduce the number of measures or the threshold of the measures

According to CMS, the more specific the comments are, the more likely they are to be used to guide CMS and ONC as they craft the final version of the rules.

Now that the public has had a chance to weigh in on the proposed rule, we are one step closer to a definitive and final ruling from CMS. The final meaningful use criteria are a hot topic and are absolutely necessary to promote confidence in the adoption of any health IT system. Release dates for the final version should be announced soon.

Stay tuned to blog.DrFirst to remain up-to-date with meaningful use and other industry information.

About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Mar
16
2010

Surescripts released the highly anticipated 2009 National Progress Report on E-Prescribing last week at HIMSS10, and the results are spectacular. Here are some of the key findings:

  • About 25% of office-based providers are e-prescribing! The number grew from 74,000 at the end of 2008 to 156,000 by the end of 2009.
  • Surescripts can now provide access to prescription benefit and history information for more than 65% of patients in the U.S.
  • About 85% of community pharmacies in the U.S. are connected for e-prescribing; 6 of the largest mail order pharmacies are online.
  • Nearly 81 million prescription histories were delivered to prescribers.
  • 191 million prescriptions were routed electronically.
  • You’re twice as likely to find the full set of electronic services in a standalone system like Rcopia from DrFirst than in an EMR (unless the EMR is a DrFirst partner!).

Surescripts noted that e-prescribing is being driven by a broad set factors including government incentive programs (MIPPA and HITECH), broader CCHIT certification criteria, increased interest from large clinics and health systems, and regional initiatives.

2009 was a year of strong growth for both Surescripts and DrFirst; the tipping point is here!

To read the summaries, or download the full report, visit: http://www.surescripts.com/national-progress-report.aspx

About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Feb
25
2010

HIMSS E Prescribing of Controlled Substances: We’re doing that!
Education Session 176
Initial Experience with E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: How It’s Done
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
http://www.himssconference.org/education/sessiondetail.aspx?eventID=3732

I’m excited to let you know that our CMO, Peter Kaufman, MD is set to co-host one of the HIMSS education sessions titled, Initial Experience with E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: How It’s Done.

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About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Jan
14
2010

champagne Putting Doctors First for over a Decade

It’s time to break out the bubbly! DrFirst is celebrating our 10th Anniversary! Looking back from January 1, 2000, it’s been quite a journey becoming the leader in standalone electronic prescribing.

We have a lot of FIRSTs to be proud of:

2003: DrFirst was the first company to realize the importance of connecting with both RxHub and Surescripts

2004: DrFirst was the first to systematically provide e-prescribing services for EMR vendors

2009: DrFirst was the first to legally transmit controlled drug prescriptions under a DEA waiver

We established a history of experience and credibility:

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About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Dec
02
2009

geekPin Peter Kaufman, MD Elected Into The Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition
I first met the DrFirst Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter N. Kaufman, in the lobby of a hotel in Boston. I was working with a different company at the time and he wanted to share his excitement over the DrFirst eprescribing application with me. He wrote three prescriptions on a Palm PDA so fast I could have blinked and missed it. One thing I couldn’t have missed was the big button on his lapel that said “GEEK”.

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About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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Nov
17
2009

Cameron Deemer joined DrFirst in early 2004, after stints with the giant PBM firm PCS Health Systems (where he was tapped to serve as one of three original co-chairs for NCPDP work group 11, developing the first national electronic prescribing standard, SCRIPT 1.0) and NDCHealth (where he managed practice management, EMR, and eprescribing product lines). His career has spanned the payer, pharmacy, and physician sides of the healthcare industry.

In the mid 90’s, a large number of thought leaders “in the industry” were very excited about the work going on at NCPDP to develop the first electronic standard for prescriptions. After all, the only thing standing between the error-prone paper prescription process and a cost-saving, safety-inducing, high-tech, true-EDI process was a national standard, right?

Almost 15 years later, I can confidently say no, we were wrong.

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About Cam Deemer:

As President of DrFirst, Mr. Deemer is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of the company towards exponential growth and success. Mr. Deemer brings more than 12 years of healthcare industry experience to this position. He joined DrFirst in 2005 as the Director of Product Management and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he managed the company’s tactical operations. Since joining DrFirst, Mr. Deemer has played an instrumental role in formalizing and driving improved business processes, while developing new technology strategies to leverage the benefits of e-prescribing for payers, hospitals, and health systems. He has also been a strong proponent of promoting interoperability in the eHealthcare industry by sharing prescription data between disparate systems. Prior to joining DrFirst in 2005, Mr. Deemer was Assistant Vice President of Product Management for PCS Health Systems/AdvancePCS and also led the e-prescribing and practice management product strategy for NDCHealth/Per Se (currently the RelayHealth division of McKesson).

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