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How Changing Opioid Prescribing Practices has Changed Lives #NHITWeek

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The opioid epidemic has impacted the state of Ohio significantly, with an average annual overdose death rate twice the national average. Mercy Health recognized the opportunity and responsibility to change its approach and improve the health of the communities it serves. Utilizing its electronic medical record (EMR), Mercy Health designed tools and protocols to ensure compliance with Ohio legislation and improve prescribing practices.

Key clinical leaders addressed prescribing practices by creating tools that improve identification of at-risk patients, encourage early treatment referrals, establish acute withdrawal protocols and provide more efficient access to Ohio’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database.

While these tools assist with treating patients already at risk, Mercy Health continued to look for opportunities to minimize further community impact from opioids. This was accomplished through the design of provider-facing tools within the EMR to improve and measure opioid prescribing behaviors. The tools use unique orders, clinical decision support and data analytics to evaluate current and future prescribing practices. Read more

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