State Opioid Database Links with EHR in Pilot Program

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, March 14, 2017

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

Jason Hoppe, DO
Jason Hoppe, DO

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.

His team looked at provider decision-making and followed patients to see the impact of those decisions on patients' lives.

The project, funded through a federal grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, was rolled out several months ago at the school of medicine's emergency medicine department after roughly a year-long building phase, which linked the PDMP with the hospital's Epic EHR/EMR.

Before the two systems were linked, it could take up to three minutes for clinicians to make their way through the PDMP.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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