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Surescripts Partners with EHR Companies for Improved Pricing Transparency

November 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Surescripts has announced that it is joining forces with five major EHR companies, while also leveraging information from CVS Health and Express Scripts, with the end goal to deliver patient-specific benefit and price information to providers in real time at the...

Health IT Now Calls for Trump, Congress to Take More Steps to Fight Opioid Crisis

October 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Health IT Now, a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes, called for both the Trump Administration and Congress to use “every tool at their disposal...

Pennsylvania Offers Program to Help Health Systems Integrate EHRs with PDMP

October 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is integrating the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) into health systems’ electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy systems, backed by $3.8 million in federal grants.

Epic, CVS Health Team Up to Use Analytics for Informed Medication Insights

October 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced an initiative in which analytics and data sharing will be leveraged to generate insights surrounding dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence.

Survey: Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Use EHRs, CPOE Systems

September 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Ninety-nine percent of hospitals across the country now use electronic health record systems (EHRs), compared to about 31 percent in 2003. Computerized prescriber-order-entry (CPOE) systems with clinical decision support are used by 96 percent of hospitals,...

Surescripts, Allscripts Providing Texas and Louisiana Pharmacists Free Access to Medication History Data

September 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, healthcare IT solutions providers Surescripts and Allscripts are collaborating to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Texas and Louisiana for a limited time.

Yale Integrates EHR with Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring System

September 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have launched a partnership with the State of Connecticut and Appriss Health, a Louisville, KY-based technology vendor, to use health IT tools to better identify, prevent and manage substance use disorder.

CDC Awards $28.6 Million for Data-Driven Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts

September 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awarding more than $28.6 million in additional funding to 44 states and the District of Columbia to support their responses to the opioid overdose epidemic.

How Health IT Tools are Working to Reduce the Prescription Opioid Epidemic

August 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Facing a growing prescription opioid crisis, healthcare provider and payer organizations are looking to leverage predictive data analytics to identify patients at high risk of an opioid overdose or addiction to intervene before an adverse event occurs.

At Sentara Healthcare, Combating Alert Fatigue with Enhanced Clinical Decision Support

August 30, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders at the 12-hospital health system knew that while medication alerts should improve patient care, unhelpful alerts may be viewed as “noise” by providers and rarely lead to beneficial medication management changes.

Indiana Plans for Statewide Integration of PDMP Data into EHRs

August 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The state of Indiana is takiThe state of Indiana is taking steps to implement a statewide, comprehensive platform for medical professionals to review patients’ controlled-substance prescription history more quickly and efficiently.

PCORI Plans to Award $10 Million to Examine Strategies for Safe Opioid Prescribing

August 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced that its Board of Governors approved just under $10 million to fund two studies comparing the effectiveness of strategies designed to reduce unsafe opioid prescribing by improving pain management.

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