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

December 5, 2018 - 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...


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EHRA Publishes EHR Implementation Guide for Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Volunteer members of the EHR Association (EHRA) have developed a guide to help healthcare organizations apply the 12 recommendations outlined in CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to EHR implementations. CDC...

NC Department of Health Enabling EHR Integration of PDMP Data

by Kate Monica

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking steps to promote safer prescribing practices across the state by enabling EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. NCDHHS will...

MEDITECH Launches EHR-Integrated Prescription Pricing Tool

by Kate Monica

Users of MEDITECH Expanse now have access to an EHR-integrated pricing tool to better manage the cost of their care. MEDITECH announced DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck solution will be integrated into MEDITECH Expanse as a real-time...

eClinicalWorks Launches New EHR-Integrated Opioid Risk Tool

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks recently launched a new EHR-integrated Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) designed to assess a patient’s risk for opioid misuse and enable providers to address potential cases of substance use disorder in accordance with treatment...

Cerner Launching EHR-Integrated Opioid Toolkit for Safe Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Cerner is launching a new suite of EHR-integrated health IT tools in the coming weeks designed to promote safer prescribing practices among clinicians in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. At the 2018 Cerner Health Conference (CHC),...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use Mandatory for CA Docs

by Kate Monica

California physicians and prescribers must query the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances, according to newly-passed state legislation. The new law is part of...

MEDITECH Offers Users EHR-Integrated PDMP Link through Expanse

by Kate Monica

In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve clinical efficiency, MEDITECH will now offer users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link. MEDITECH collaborated with...

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for...

ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

by Kate Monica

ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

Can Enhancements to Patient EHRs Tailor PDMP Risk Indicators?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to sort data within patient EHRs, implementing maps that show distances between patients, prescribers, and pharmacies, and having graphical displays of patients’ controlled-substance prescription use could all potentially...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid...

CVS Offering Prescription Benefit Information Through Surescripts

by Kate Monica

CVS Health pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) within CVS Caremark will now provide real-time, member-specific prescription benefit information and lower-cost therapeutic alternatives at the point of prescribing through Surescripts...

Yale to Integrate State Prescription Drug Data into Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have partnered with the State of Connecticut and a technology vendor to integrate data from the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPRMS) into its Epic EHR in an...

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data...

Nebraska HIE Implements Improved Prescription Monitoring

by Kate Monica

The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recently implemented a solution to enhance its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). NeHII and the state agency will...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all...

ONC Highlights Role of Health IT Use to Fight Opioid Crisis

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new resource page put together by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) highlights three forms of health IT use that could help address the growing opioid crisis. "Since 1999, deaths from...

NY e-Prescribing Mandate Takes on Controlled Substance Abuse

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For those looking to address the abuse of controlled substances, an important mandate goes into effect this weekend in New York State requiring electronic prescribing of controlled substances (ePCS) for all prescribers. The effective date...

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