Dr. Murray Lappe had a vision for a paperless drug-screening, designed a process and founded eScreen. Robert Thompson joined him to share that vision as both believed there was more in store for eScreen.
What prompted Lappe’s interest was that he knew that previous methods for drug screening were traditionally paper-intensive that could involve weaknesses in the chain of custody. He felt an online, paperless drug screening process at both the collection point and the employer’s desktop could work. Dr. Lappe created the industry’s first Web-based electronic chain of custody form and electronic signature capture at the point of collection. His screening system also included the patented eScreen eReader, which delivers negative results from a urine sample within 15 minutes.
The two men were not afraid to take risks and face obstacles, one of which was overcoming the fear of a new technology into a traditional paper-based industry. Their continuing quest to improve and automate drug testing has even led to drug testing regulation changes in New York and Florida.
Today, there are some 2,400 eScreen technology enabled collection partners in the eScreen Occupational Health Network, which serves many of the largest employers in the United States. This is one of the largest third-party collection site networks in the country.
The company’s newest product, ePhysical, is a Department of Transportation-compliant, digital physical-exam form. Earlier this year, the American Trucking Association announced that eScreen was the preferred network for driver physical examinations.
A new nationwide initiative is under way to add fingerprinting to the company’s drug and alcohol screening systems.
Lappe and Thompson lead eScreen by example in terms of creating a corporate culture that promotes personal development and involvement in city and community. These include a variety of activities, charities and events that support the betterment of the Kansas City community.
How to reach: eScreen, (913) 327-5915 or www.escreen.com