For purposes of these Rules and Regulations, the following
Any process by which the identities of the parties sending and receiving
electronic prescription data are verified.
(b) Automated Electronic Data Processing
System. A system utilizing computer software and hardware for the purpose of
record-keeping and/or receiving prescription drug orders. Any and all such
systems that are compatible and capable of interacting with, and electronically
transferring prescription drug data with any other system must be in compliance
with the rules of the Board for use in electronic prescription
(c) Board. The Georgia
State Board of Pharmacy.
Computer. Programmable electronic device capable of multifunctions including
but not limited to storage, retrieval and processing of information.
(e) Controlled Substances. Those drug items
regulated by federal law and/or the Georgia Controlled Substances
(f) Dangerous Drugs. Those
drug items and devices regulated by the Georgia Dangerous Drug Act.
(g) Digital ID. An authenticated identifiable
signature than can be attached to an electronic e-mail and is tamper
(h) Downtime. That period of
time when a computer is not operable.
(i) Electronic Means. An electronic device
used to send, receive, and/or store prescription drug order information,
including computers, facsimile machines, etc.
(j) Electronic Signature. An electronically
reproduced visual image signature or an electronic data signature of a
practitioner, which appears on, is attached to or is logically associated with
an electronic prescription drug order.
(k) Facsimile. A hard copy prescription drug
order sent via a facsimile machine.
(l) Hard Copy. A fileable prescription drug
order which is written or printed via electronic means.
(m) Hardware. The fixed component parts of a
(n) HIPPA. The Health
Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act and the associated security
standards for the protection of electronic protected health
Electronic Formatter. An entity that is not prohibited under O.C.G.A. Section
, and that provides the infrastructure
that connects a computer or automated electronic data processing system or
other electronic device used by a prescribing practitioner with a computer or
automated electronic data processing system or another electronic device used
by the pharmacy to facilitate the secure transmission of:
1. An electronic prescription drug
2. A refill authorization
3. A communication;
4. Other patient care
information between a practitioner and pharmacy.
(p) NPI. National Provider Standard
(q) Practitioner Drug
Order. A drug order written in an institutional practice/setting in a patient's
chart for a specific patient. It is not necessary to reduce to writing as
required for a prescription drug order.
(r) Prescriber. A practitioner authorized to
prescribe and acting within the scope of this authorization.
(s) Prescription Drug Order. A lawful order
from a practitioner, acting within the scope of his or her license to practice,
for a drug or device for a specific patient. Such order includes a written
order from the practitioner, a telephone order reduced to writing by the
pharmacist, and electronic image prescription drug order and an electronic data
prescription drug order.
Print-out. A hard copy document generated by computer or other electronic means
that is readable without the aid of any special device.
(u) Regulatory Agency. Any federal or state
agency charged with enforcement of pharmacy or drug laws and regulations, i.e.,
the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA), the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), or the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance
Paper with security features on which the electronic visual image prescription
drug order of a practitioner is printed and presented to a patient so as to
ensure that a prescription drug order is not subject to any form of copying,
reproduction, or alteration, and may include a watermark produced by the
electronic digital process when a prescription is printed that clearly shows if
a prescription has been reproduced or copied in an unauthorized manner. Such
security paper shall include, at a minimum, but not limited to, the following
1. A latent, repetitive
pattern shall be visible across the entire front of the prescription blank if
the prescription is scanned or photocopied; and
2. A chemical void protection that prevents
alteration by chemical washing.
(w) Software. Programs, procedures and
systems for receipt and/or storage of required information data.
(x) Stop Date. In institutional settings, the
practitioner normally indicates on his/her drug order, the length of time to
administer the medication. In absence of such a notation, a committee will have
determined by policy, the length of time to administer the medication by