“Prescription drug monitoring programs are in the spotlight today. With the House Oversight Committee due to examine the reauthorization of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation published an issue brief focusing on PDMPs. “There’s a wide variety of these programs, but the idea is pretty simple: they create a database for prescriptions of opioids. Prescribing clinicians can use the data to determine whether a patient exhibits signs of opioid dependence or addiction, including doctor shopping.
As the brief notes, actually making these databases helpful is a classic health IT problem. This isn’t a Field of Dreams (if you build them, docs will come) scenario. Research demonstrates that only about 25 percent of primary care doctors know about their PDMPs. The programs need to make their products easier to sign up for and use, and they should provide unsolicited alerts and reports to get the right information to the clinician at the right time, the brief says.”
Source: Politico.com – December 2, 2015