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Physician-Led HIEs Gain Access to Opioid Dashboard Health IT Tool

Physician-led HIEs across seven states will have the opportunity to use an opioid dashboard through KAMMCO.

A new opioid dashboard will enable physician-led HIEs to more effectively utilize PDMP data.

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By Kate Monica

- Physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) in Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana will now have access to an opioid and controlled substances health IT tool designed to promote safer prescribing practices.

KAMMCO released the new dashboard to all HIEs within its network to help physician practices, hospitals, and behavioral health providers more effectively utilize prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data.

“The KAMMCO tool builds upon a more comprehensive set of data than the PDMP, which only captures filled prescription data, and does not include medications which are administered to patients in healthcare facilities,” said KAMMCO Senior Vice President Laura McCrary.

“The new dashboard provides participating clinicians with the list of opioids/controlled substances prescribed or administered to a clinician’s patients even before a prescription is filled at the pharmacy,” McCrary added.

The tool also leverages patient health data available through participating HIEs to promote safer prescribing among providers.

The KAMMCO Analytics and Business Intelligence team worked with a multi-disciplinary group of practicing physicians to develop the analytics tool and assess how patient health data available in HIEs can help to boost physicians’ understanding of each patient’s opioid and controlled substance use.

The tool will assist clinicians in identifying patients who have received at least one prescription of opioids or other controlled substances. The tool will offer clinicians data about prescriptions up to twelve months old. Additionally, the opioid dashboard will display the top five opioid medications prescribed and given to clinicians’ patients.

KAMMCO offers physicians access to aggregated clinical information from HIEs through secure web-based dashboards. Other analytic dashboards available to physicians part of the KAMMCO network include dashboards displaying data about high risk patients, 30 day readmissions, disease registries, healthcare utilization, behavioral health, preventive care, quality reporting, and polychromic conditions.

Physicians within the KAMMCO network may also request ad-hoc reports.

KAMMCO has partnered with seven medical societies across the country to form the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), CTHealthLink, HealtheParadigm in Georgia, Carolina eHealth Network, OneHealth New Jersey, SHINE of Missouri, and HealthSYNC Louisiana.

Physician-led HIEs part of the KAMMCO network are also making efforts to launch a new initiative leveraging health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations.

The initiative — called the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) — will utilize patient health data from KHIN, CTHealthLink, and five other physician-led HIEs to reduce health disparities across the country.

“Physicians across the nation are increasingly concerned about health disparities,” said HENC Chairman M. Natalie Achong, MD. “To address this, HENC brings leading physicians together to examine trends in health disparity data.”

“This will allow HENC to make data-driven recommendations for the establishment of population health priorities at regional, state and national levels aimed at improving health outcomes,” she continued.

The primary focus of the HENC initiative is to improve patient health outcomes and health statuses of medically-underserved populations.

HENC combines patient health data with KAMMCO analytics tools and support from medical societies to facilitate targeted efforts aimed at reducing health inequity.

“Health information exchange data is an enormously valuable, rich set of clinical data aggregated across all exchange participating healthcare providers within a region, state or nation,” said KAMMCO Senior Vice President Laura McCrary. “This data provides key insights into healthcare patterns and utilization previously not available from static, outdated or geographically limited clinical data sets.”

The initiative aligns with KHIN’s mission to improve healthcare quality, care coordination, and clinical efficiency through health data exchange at the point of care.

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