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Integrating a point-of-care assessment for pain and opioid risk

The opioid epidemic in the United States affects millions and is changing the landscape of patient care. Now more than ever, practitioners are seeking ways to improve the safety of opioid prescribing and reduce the potential for abuse and misuse.

Health IT alone will not solve the opioid crisis. But Allscripts recognizes we must do our part by continuously improving our solutions and offering better tools to help providers. Allscripts is focused on several initiatives to help clinicians address the opioid crisis, and we are impressed by the leadership our clients have shown to help manage patients’ pain, not just their opioid prescriptions.

Our open platform encourages innovation, which can move swiftly to address public health concerns. For example, PainCAS, an Allscripts Developer Program (ADP) certified application for our physician practices, is a scientifically validated clinical tool for assessing pain, functioning and risk of problematic opioid-related behaviors.

With assessments that patients can complete electronically, PainCAS can immediately integrate results into Allscripts Professional EHR™ and Allscripts Touchworks® EHR to provide information about the patient’s risk classification (i.e., likelihood of engaging in aberrant drug-related behaviors), recommendations for patient educational resources, as well as useful information and documentation to assist with treatment plans.

Unlike the outdated paper-based evaluations that require manual scoring, PainCAS includes SOAPP-8 and COMM-9 –brief, electronic, validated opioid-risk screeners that enables automatic scoring and can quickly incorporate results into reports.

Clinicians using PainCAS find that it improves workflow and eliminates the need for paper assessments. It can also improve communication at practices. Because patients can complete PainCAS prior to their clinic visits, medical staff can review results of the report, including patient progress and any changes in risk status.

“PainCAS has helped us to streamline the required screening and documentation for our chronic pain patients,” said Diana L. Heiman, M.D., Residency Director at the Department of Family Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Learn more by registering for an informative webinar on Wednesday, July 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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