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

tracking inpatient, outpatient opioids
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The Controlled Substance App for IllumiCare's Smart Ribbon technology helps address a "...
By Mike Miliard |
health IT vendors working to end the opioid crisis
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Several companies are working with policymakers and other vendors to reduce overprescribing.
By Jessica Davis |
Mobile tech opioid prescriptions get help from PDMP
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Physicians at Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Maryland now have a better handle on...
By Bill Siwicki |
UNC Health to use PDMP with their Epic EHR
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UNC Health says the move will help tackle the opioid problem and save clinicians time.
By Bernie Monegain |
Hartford Health e-prescribing opioid crisis
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Anywhere a provider can sign into the health system's Epic EHR, they can use EPCS to reduce...
By Bill Siwicki |
digital pills
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Brigham and Women’s asked 26 patients discharged from ER to participate in pain study...
By Dave Muoio |
opioid crisis
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Premier survey shows executives at health systems prioritizing their response to the crisis through...
By Mike Miliard |
DrFirst join forces to fight opioid crisis in Nebraska
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E-prescribing vendor DrFirst deploys cloud-based drug knowledge to support Nebraska's PDMP...
By Bill Siwicki |
Digital pill
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A look at the early regulation challenges in developing the novel drug delivery tech.
By Dave Muoio |
HHS opioid code-a-thon
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The agency is calling on programmers and healthcare professionals to develop new tools to prevent...
By Mike Miliard |
opioid epidemic
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More than 50 companies kicked off the working group in March..
By Bernie Monegain |
opioid crisis
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Medicomp Systems launches new addiction care management system and DrFirst unveils new mobile e-...
By Bill Siwicki |
opioid crisis
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Machine learning and Smart on FHIR work with prescription drug monitoring data to battle overdoses.
By Bill Siwicki |
opioid epidemic
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Within the first 18 months of the ED program initiative, Mercy reduced opioid prescriptions by 50...
By Maura Bilek |
intermountain EHR to help reduce opioid prescriptions
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New prompts set into EHR help clinicians think more critically about how they help patients manage...
By Mike Miliard |

The policy moves

opioid crisis prescription drug monitoring programs
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Issues with data standardization and the differences in regulations inhibit their potential.
By Jessica Davis |
More than half of Maine prescribers are now EPCS-enabled
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On the first anniversary of the state's mandate, 51 percent of prescribers in the state are...
By Bill Siwicki |
FDA launches innovation challenge to help stem opioid crisis
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The contest aims to offer unique approaches to detecting, treating and preventing addiction, Food...
By Bernie Monegain |
telemedicine
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The HELP committee bill outlines ways to expand care access for addicted patients while placing...
By Jessica Davis |
opioids
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The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act calls for mandated e-prescribing under Medicare Part D...
By Mike Miliard |
DEA prescription data opioids
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The latest federal move in the fight to combat opioid abuse will have states sharing PDMP data with...
By Jessica Davis |
Senate opioid crisis
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Proposed by Sen. Lamar Alexander, the bill would improve the FDA’s infrastructure to support...
By Jessica Davis |
PDMP now interoperable with 25 states, DC
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Providers can now view a complete picture of a patient’s prescribing history to help combat...
By Jessica Davis |
Florida opioid PDMP bill
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The bill unanimously passed and sets limits how often providers can prescribe initial opioid...
By Jessica Davis |
PDMPs prescription monitoring opioid crisis
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As part of its FY19 budget request, the agency is looking into how to leverage PDMPs to track...
By Jessica Davis |
opioid crisis PDMP
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Passed unanimously by the House, the bill would require annual review of controlled substance...
By Jessica Davis |
PDMP data sharing
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The collective aims to give providers the full prescribing history of patients to reduce opioid...
By Jessica Davis |
prescription monitoring PDMP
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Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO said agency is trying to avoid adverse medical effects...
By Bernie Monegain |
opioid policy
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The legislation will also limit the number of opioids prescribed to patients for acute pain.
By Jessica Davis |
OCR revamps HIPAA in wake of opioid crisis, 21st Century Cures rules
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HHS Office for Civil Rights offers new perspective on the privacy law relating to mental health and...
By Mike Miliard |

Organizations collaborate for change

patient ID opioid crisis
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Responding to Senate Committee’s request, the advocacy group points to interoperability as...
By Jessica Davis |
opioid crisis
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The nonprofit aims to press Congress for PDMP interoperability between states and more accessible...
By Jessica Davis |
opioid crisis
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Optimal clinical documentation could go a long way in improving research, education and patient...
By Mike Miliard |
CHIME opioid task force
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The group held its first meeting in hopes to encourage broader participation among its 2,500-plus...
By Mike Miliard |
HIMSS EHR Association
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Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, Practice Fusion and Harris offer update on EHRA's efforts to manage...
By Mike Miliard |