August 14, 2019
In a new Healthcare Financial Management Association (hfma) article, hc1 Senior Vice president of High-Value Care, Scott LaNeve, shares how automated clinical decision support can help healthcare providers follow prescribing guidelines to reduce opioid misuse and its costs.
He explains how tools for automated clinical decision support, like hc1 Opioid Advisor™, simplify the process of retrieving and analyzing PDMP and laboratory reports. They integrate laboratory and PDMP data within the electronic health record. Healthcare providers can have a single point of access and the automated process can include analytics that fit into the clinical workflow and flag potential high-risk situations based on comparing PDMP and toxicology testing results.
With simplified processes, healthcare providers are better able to follow prescribing guidelines, which have been shown to reduce opioid misuse by as much as 40 percent. LaNeve writes that increasing adherence to prescribing guidelines by only 20 percent could reduce the cost of opioid misuse by as much as $6.4 billion per year.