Physician Practice

State opioid database links with EHR in pilot program

Physician Practice Insider, March 21, 2017

Despite the growing number of online prescription drug databases that aim to counter the misuse of opioids and other controlled substances, many physicians don't use them.

In an effort to encourage physicians to use the databases, a pilot program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has linked the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) with the University of Colorado Hospital's EHR/EMR.

PDMPs are state-run databases to track information related to a patient's controlled substance prescription history and are used to monitor suspected abuse or diversion, according to the CDC.

"Prior to now, people have tried to gauge the value of PDMPs based on statewide trends," says researcher Jason Hoppe, DO, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

This article originally appeared on HealthLeaders Media. Read the complete article here.

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