Simplifying the prescriber’s search for patient medication history
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that deaths from drug overdose have quadrupled since 1999, and nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Many factors are contributing to the opioid crisis, but I have heard many prescribers express that one reason is that they may not always have convenient or reliable access to a patient’s full medication history. That’s why I’m especially proud to have the LogiCoy PDMP EHR Link Application as our App of the Month, to promote awareness of alternative solutions that help make it easier for prescribers to identify prescription abuse.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) help track controlled prescription drugs throughout each state. In some states, it is now mandatory to consult the PDMP database before writing a new prescription for controlled substances.
Most PDMPs provide manual logins and patient search capabilities. This process can be very time consuming for healthcare providers and could be overlooked during a busy day in the clinic. The inconvenience of multiple logins and switching between the electronic health record (EHR) and the PDMPs can affect compliance and adoption, resulting in inadvertently prescribing a controlled substance to a patient already getting opioids elsewhere. This only exacerbates the issues we are seeing today – opioid abuse, crime, more costs to the healthcare system and premature deaths.
LogiCoy PDMP EHR Link Application provides secure, automated connections to state PDMP databases directly within an EHR patient context. Through automated zero-click or one-click deployments, LogiCoy helps healthcare providers easily look up the patient’s prescription history.
Prescribers can access the information directly within the workflow of the EHR during a patient search, medication order, patient visit or other workflow. Prescribers can also save or print PDF reports as part of patients’ charts or image archiving systems.