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September 2018, Vol. 6, No.4

Opioid crisis solutions include analytics, EHR integration

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, ...

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