The first step in fighting opioid abuse is simple – decrease the amount of prescriptions. But if providers can’t see the problem, how can they fix it? CIO Dave Lehr discusses his team’s efforts at AAMC.
The processes of sending, receiving, and tracking patient records should be as easy as pie – or at least as easy as tracking a pizza pie, but despite the technology we have in place, we’re still a long way, says Amy Stiner.
Ensuring that patients receive the best possible care often means looking beyond their initial presentation, says Dr. Marc Harrison, who talks about how caregivers are doing that at Intermountain Healthcare.
It isn’t a single “silver bullet” that’s going to help reduce the number of opioid-related deaths, but rather, a combination of IT tools that can identify prescribing patterns and education on alternative therapies, says Geisinger CIO John Kravitz.
Time and time again, data have shown that incorporating clinical decision support into EHRs can improve outcomes. So why is it still a decision for many organizations? Mike Davis examines this complex issue.