Docs access GA prescription drug monitoring program using Epic EHR

In an effort to ensure safer prescribing practices among clinicians and enhance substance abuse disorder care, Southeast Permanente Medical Group (SPMG) has linked its Epic electronic health record (EHR) system to Georgia's prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).

In an effort to ensure safer prescribing practices among clinicians and enhance substance abuse disorder care, Southeast Permanente Medical Group (SPMG) has linked its Epic electronic health record (EHR) system to Georgia's prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). The new connection will give SPMG providers access to prescription information, advanced data analytics, and other resources to help care teams with clinical decision-making at the point of care. Appriss Health, a substance use disorder (SUD) solutions provider, provided assistance in linking SPMG with the state PDMP. Prescribers at SPMG, which is part of the Kaiser Permanente health system network, will also have access to Appriss Health's NarxCare SUD platform that aggregates and analyzes prescription drug information and offers providers with visual, interactive data for better clinical decision support. To curb rising rates of opioid-related deaths, Georgia passed legislation requiring all prescribers to access the state PDMP before prescribing opioid analgesics and other controlled substances starting July 1, 2018. Similarly, University of North Carolina Health Care became the first health care organization in the state to link its Epic EHR to North Carolina's PDMP with help from Appriss Health.