Cerner, a health IT solutions provider, and medication management provider DrFirst are collaboratively working on a new and innovative nationwide connection from a person’s electronic health records (EHR) to each state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) database. This approach will provide physicians the nationwide access to patient prescription drug information. As per the reports, Cerner will be able to connect the EHR to PDMPs in 46 states and Washington, D.C., with other states expected as they become available through DrFirst.
The state-specific database will support in notifying safer pain management, drug education effort, creating the ability to recognize and mitigate risk factors, research drug addiction and manage high risk for substance use disorder. Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer at Cerner, Eva Karp stated that “Access to prescription drug data within and across state lines can help identify and prevent drug-seeking behaviors, as well as inform physicians of a person’s history to help avoid misuse and guide treatment decisions.” According to her, “At a time when the opioid epidemic continues to grow, it’s important that we transform health care for the patient, advancing smarter pain management and timely engagement with individuals to prevent or alleviate substance use disorder. Our work with DrFirst to expedite connections to PDMPs is part of our ongoing commitment to relentlessly seek breakthrough innovation to shape the health care of tomorrow.”
Based in North Kansas City, MO, Cerner has been working for more than a decade to restrain the opioid epidemic, working together with health systems and providers to track and deal with opioid abuse and misuse. The health IT firm had announced last year its continued commitment to safer pain management with its Opioid Toolkit, a suite of advancements assisting healthcare centers and health systems to overcome the opioid epidemic.