Access your Pro+ Content below.
Opioid crisis solutions include analytics, EHR integration
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2018, Vol. 6, No.4
About 300 people a day are treated in hospital emergency rooms for suspected opioid-related overdoses. That sobering statistic -- culled from research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the period of July 2016 through September 2017 -- rose nearly 30% year over year. While health IT can't stop overdoses, information technology can help provide opioid crisis solutions. An opioid is a type of pain medication -- morphine and fentanyl are leading examples. At high doses, patients can experience decreased breathing and heart rates, and opioid use --even short term -- can lead to addiction, according to the Mayo Clinic. Health officials across the country are trying to combat the opioid epidemic. Some states like Michigan have invested in IT as a pathway to providing opioid crisis solutions. Michigan uses cloud-based data analytics software to verify patient prescription histories and help battle opioid addiction. Studies indicate that the examination of patient EHRs holds promise as well. Earlier this year, ...
Access this PRO+ Content for Free!
Features in this issue
Applying public cloud to healthcare can create a brave new world for hospitals. The CTO of Providence Health & Services strongly advises reading the healthcare BAA very carefully.
Health IT stands ready to help battle opioid deaths through greater use of data analytics and improved integration of EHRs and prescription drug databases.
Conducting a risk assessment before moving to the cloud and establishing security controls when you get there are key steps toward achieving cloud security, experts say.
Columns in this issue
Facing mounting pressure to take steps toward the healthcare cloud, hospital systems find themselves balancing modern infrastructure trends with HIPAA safeguards.
Investors in medical imaging technology leaned toward software that improves AI-related radiology and associated workflows, as evidenced by detailed research.
Before investing in and implementing a new technology initiative, healthcare CIOs should first diagnose the condition they want to solve. Then they can research possible cures.