Health IT fighting opioid crisis

Opioid Crisis: How tech and policy are fighting the epidemic

The opioid epidemic has received a lot of attention recently, but how can technology help in the battle to alleviate abuse? There's a digital pill in trials to understand medication adherence. There are analytics tools being put to use to understand patients and prescribing patterns. Policymakers are trying to stop doctor shopping and over-prescribing through state legislation and prescription drug monitoring programs. And then there are the partnerships with federal agencies and state and local governments.

Check out our latest coverage about how health IT is helping to fight the epidemic.

The tech

News

Meet the health IT vendors working to end the opioid crisis

by Jessica Davis

Several companies are working with policymakers and other vendors to reduce overprescribing.

News

Here's how Hartford Health met e-prescribing deadline to battle opioid crisis

by Bill Siwicki

Anywhere a provider can sign into the health system's Epic EHR, they can use EPCS to reduce fraud.

News

New opioid adherence pilot program utilizes digital pill

by Dave Muoio

Brigham and Women’s asked 26 patients discharged from ER to participate in pain study.

News

Healthcare C-suite backing opioid fight in a big way

by Mike Miliard

Premier survey shows executives at health systems prioritizing their response to the crisis through technology.

News

First Databank and DrFirst join forces to fight opioid crisis in Nebraska

by Bill Siwicki

E-prescribing vendor DrFirst deploys cloud-based drug knowledge to support Nebraska's PDMP.

News

Proteus CMO talks regulation hurdles, future plans for digital pill

by Dave Muoio

A look at the early regulation challenges in developing the novel drug delivery tech.

News

HHS opioid code-a-thon seeks new technologies to help stem epidemic

by Mike Miliard

The agency is calling on programmers and healthcare professionals to develop new tools to prevent addiction and track usage.

News

Accenture, Global Center team up on opioid epidemic

by Bernie Monegain

More than 50 companies kicked off the working group in March..

News

At HIMSS18, vendors debut new IT for fighting the opioid crisis

by Bill Siwicki

Medicomp Systems launches new addiction care management system and DrFirst unveils new mobile e-prescribing system.

News

Medication monitoring suite latest tool to target opioid crisis

by Bill Siwicki

Machine learning and Smart on FHIR work with prescription drug monitoring data to battle overdoses.

News

Mercy Health earns HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 for fighting back against opioid epidemic

by Maura Bilek

Within the first 18 months of the ED program initiative, Mercy reduced opioid prescriptions by 50 percent.

News

Intermountain tweaks Cerner EHR in bid to reduce opioid prescriptions

by Mike Miliard

New prompts set into EHR help clinicians think more critically about how they help patients manage pain.

The policy moves

News

Why aren’t PDMPs more effective?

by Jessica Davis

Issues with data standardization and the differences in regulations inhibit their potential.

News

Senate finds telemedicine is crucial to opioid fight

by Jessica Davis

The HELP committee bill outlines ways to expand care access for addicted patients while placing limits on prescriptions.

News

Bipartisan Senate bill would require EPCS nationwide to fight opioids

by Mike Miliard

The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act calls for mandated e-prescribing under Medicare Part D, starting in 2020.

News

DEA partners with states to share prescription data in opioid fight

by Jessica Davis

The latest federal move in the fight to combat opioid abuse will have states sharing PDMP data with the DEA.

News

Senator proposes bill to incentivize states to share PDMP data with law enforcement

by Jessica Davis

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy, is designed to help law enforcement better identify bad actors.

News

Senate bill promotes interoperability with FDA, border patrol

by Jessica Davis

Proposed by Sen. Lamar Alexander, the bill would improve the FDA’s infrastructure to support real-time data sharing.

News

New York’s opioid fight: PDMP now interoperable with 25 states, DC

by Jessica Davis

Providers can now view a complete picture of a patient’s prescribing history to help combat doctor shopping.

News

Florida's opioid fight with PDMP bill

by Jessica Davis

The bill unanimously passed and sets limits how often providers can prescribe initial opioid medications.

News

HHS plan for the opioid crisis: Track prescribing patterns with Medicaid data

by Jessica Davis

As part of its FY19 budget request, the agency is looking into how to leverage PDMPs to track suspected abuse to DEA.

News

Virginia proposes tracking provider prescribing habits with PDMP

by Jessica Davis

Passed unanimously by the House, the bill would require annual review of controlled substance prescribing patterns of providers.

News

North Carolina jumps into opioid fight, joins PDMP collective

by Jessica Davis

The collective aims to give providers the full prescribing history of patients to reduce opioid misuse and abuse.

News

Nebraska to require all drugs be reported to monitoring program

by Bernie Monegain

Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO said agency is trying to avoid adverse medical effects to reduce readmissions.

News

Michigan law requires providers check state’s PDMP before prescribing opioids

by Jessica Davis

The legislation will also limit the number of opioids prescribed to patients for acute pain.

News

OCR revamps HIPAA guidance in wake of opioid crisis

by Mike Miliard

HHS Office for Civil Rights offers new perspective on the privacy law relating to mental health and substance abuse.

Organizations collaborate for change

News

CHIME: Improved data sharing, patient identifiers needed for opioid fight

by Jessica Davis

Responding to Senate Committee’s request, the advocacy group points to interoperability as the biggest challenge to patient safety.

News

IBM, Intermountain, McKesson alliance is latest weapon against opioid abuse, interoperability

by Jessica Davis

The nonprofit aims to press Congress for PDMP interoperability between states and more accessible data.

News

AHIMA: Here’s how hospitals should document opioid abuse in the EHR

by Mike Miliard

Optimal clinical documentation could go a long way in improving research, education and patient safety.

News

CHIME launches Opioid Task Force, hopes to rally CIOs

by Mike Miliard

The group held its first meeting in hopes to encourage broader participation among its 2,500-plus members across U.S. and abroad.

News

HIMSS EHR Association tackles TEFCA, opioid response, usability and safety

by Mike Miliard

Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, Practice Fusion and Harris offer update on EHRA's efforts to manage complex imperatives.