Deaconess Health System, network consisting of six hospitals in southwest Indiana has signed an agreement with Appriss Health to enable integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) directly into EHRs. The integration via Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway managed service solution enables access to data, analytics, tools and resources from PDMPs within care team workflows in real-time, at the point-of-care, at every patient encounter, to improve patient safety and outcomes. The EHR integration is the first of its kind in Indiana.
The PDMP-EHR integration will now allow clinicians the ability to access a patient’s prescription history within the EHR, whereas physicians and pharmacists previously needed to log into a separate INSPECT website to retrieve a patient’s controlled substance dispensations from the state database and then cross-reference that data with a patient’s health information in what was a time-consuming process.
PMP Gateway is a managed service platform that provides comprehensive connectivity, and access to clinical decision support, patient support, patient engagement and care coordination that interoperates seamlessly with leading EHR and pharmacy management systems, PMP InterConnect and 42 PDMPs across the U.S.
Deaconess Health System is also piloting Appriss Health’s NarxCare platform, which empowers prescribers and dispensers to identify patients that may be at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death, and equips clinicians and care teams with the advanced analytics, tools and technology they need to help those patients.
“In the most recent statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health, we, unfortunately, saw opioid related deaths increase by 3.5 percent per year from 2011-2015. In addition, we saw a 60 percent increase in non-fatal ER visits from opioid overdose at the same time,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch in a statement. “This resource, putting INSPECT data directly in the hands of doctors making critical prescribing decisions, will save lives and support the State of Indiana in the fight against prescription drug and opioid abuse.”