Health IT Programs to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse to Be Tested in Indiana and Ohio

computers linked togetherOn June 21, in Indiana and Ohio, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a pilot program that promises to give prescribers another powerful tool for combating prescription drug abuse. The Enhancing Access to PDMPs Project is designed to test the feasibility of connecting a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to other health information technology (Health IT) systems to help emergency department physicians deliver better and more timely care to patients needing substance abuse treatment.

The purpose of the new project is to help hospital staff quickly identify a patient’s controlled substance history and alert them to patients with a potential addiction to painkillers. Programs such as this one can address the prescription drug abuse epidemic by expanding timely access to PDMP data and helping doctors provide quality care.

The Enhancing Access to PDMPs Project was created through the joint efforts of public sector and private industry experts who participated in the White House Roundtable on Health IT and Prescription Drug Abuse in June 2011.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/21/health-it-programs-help-fight-prescription-drug-abuse-be-tested-indiana-and-ohio

Read more about the Enhancing Access to PDMPs Program at:  http://www.ncpanet.org/pdf/leg/feb12/harmison_statement.pdf

Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) – June 21, 2012

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