EPCS: Morphine (ukulele video)

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This guy thinks he can sing. How unfortunate.

Has your organization adopted technology to electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS)? If so, good for you! If not, what are you waiting for? UCHealth is kicking off this project on April 9, 2018, a “big bang” for all providers who have a DEA number to be able to e-prescribe and avoid that horrible, bifurcated workflow of “electronically transmit all the regular prescriptions directly to pharmacy, but remember 1) keep your tamper-proof prescription paper stocked in the correct drawer of the printer, 2) to go get that narcotic prescription off the printer, 3) sign it with pen-and-ink, 4) then tell your staff to track down the patient to come pick it up or remember to put it in certified mail to the patient, especially if the patient called to request, or worse, you forgot to get it off the printer before the patient left clinic.

After the DEA ruling to permit EPCS a few years ago, our EHR vendor developed the 2-factor authentication tool to meet the regulation, and now we have finally contracted with a company to provide that service, link our physician identities to their smartphones via an encrypted app, and now a smartphone alert and a password (something you have and something you know) are our two factors that permit EPCS.

Here’s a little something I wrote to commemorate our EPCS go live:

CT on ukulele singing “Morphine” inspired by Eric Clapton’s classic song “Cocaine.” https://youtu.be/EC6yXXYl1vY
(Part of my YouTube channel)

I also created an internal-only training video for Duo Mobile as second factor for EPCS.

I learned the structure of a well-told instruction video from the original “Apple Business” video tips back in the early zips (2000’s). You’ll see a human, then a quick screen video, then close with a human. Perfect format:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oswqRHFJqH4

CMIO’s take? Sometimes a video tip (or video musical tribute) is what gets an audience’s attention.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, University of Colorado Health; Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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