New York hospitals strain to meet deadline on e-prescriptions

A number of hospitals and physicians are struggling to meet the March 27 deadline for mandatory e-prescribing in New York. The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, or the I-STOP, Act was passed in 2012 in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, medical errors, and fraud.

A number of hospitals and physicians are struggling to meet the March 27 deadline for mandatory e-prescribing in New York. The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, or the I-STOP, Act was passed in 2012 in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, medical errors, and fraud. Several institutions—including Montefiore Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Health System—are asking for additional time to comply. "We're all moving from living our lives on small pieces of paper to a digital world," said Paul Testa, chief medical information officer at NYU Langone. "I think it's good," he said. "But the devil is always in the details." The law affects all drugs, but its main goal is to regulate the flow of controlled substances, such as narcotics and sedatives, which can be abused. Although the deadline for the law was previously extended, the state Department of Health said it does not plan to extend it again.