You’ve heard and know. The statistics surrounding the opioid crisis are staggering.
- 91 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, including prescription opioids and heroin, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- At the same time, there seems to be some progress—from January 2017 through August 2018, the amount of opioids prescribed in America has dropped by 21%.
- Also during that time frame, the number of prescriptions filled for naloxone has increased 264%, while the number of prescriptions for buprenorphine, one form of medication-assisted treatment, has risen 16% (data from IQVIA’s Total Patient Tracker).
E-prescribing is one of the tools helping healthcare professionals handle prescriptions with greater safety and efficiency, increasing medication adherence and reducing prescription fraud and abandonment. Prescribers have access to this benefit in their electronic health record (EHR) system.
Federal and state laws continue to align to leverage e-prescribing as a way to reduce opioid fraud and abuse. In fact, Pennsylvania became the latest state to implement e-Prescribing—as of October 24, 2019, all controlled substances will need to be electronically prescribed in that state.
To learn more about the ePrescribing feature and how it interacts with Quanum EHR, read our latest brochure.