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This section of the Playbook provides background on the opioid epidemic in the United States and how health IT plays a role in combatting the opioid epidemic in the United States. It presents information on different health IT solutions that clinicians can use to address the problem. Health care practitioners, administrators and physician practice owners, and practice staff can also find a variety of health IT resources in this section. These tools can help improve opioid prescribing practices, inform clinical practice, protect patients at risk for opioid use disorder, and reduce diversion (illegally obtaining or using prescription medications). While theThe opioid epidemic requires diligence and collaboration from all aspects of patient care, and , health IT and the various relatedother tools are but one some of the many solutions. ; we encourage the use of effective clinical tools and resources in addressing this complex issue.
- Opioid Epidemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies from Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)
How can health IT help?
Health IT is increasingly used to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery, patient safety, care coordination, and patient-centered care. This includes offering strategies to address the opioid epidemic. The use of health IT has been demonstrated to improve adherence to opioid prescribing guidelines and physician adherence to treatment protocols, increase the safety of prescribing for controlled substances, enhance clinician access to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), expand access to addiction treatment and recovery supports, and much more.
As the opioid epidemic escalates, cClinicians are actively seeking tools and resources to help prevent and detect opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion by their patients. The following sections of theThis section of the Playbook describes in detail how various health IT solutions are being used by clinicians on the frontlines to address the opioid crisis in their practices.