Monday, September 17, 2012

Pilot programs look to increase use of prescription drug monitoring databases

American Medical News, September 12, 2012

"There is widespread agreement in the Health and Human Services Dept.’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and other departments in the federal government that prescription drug monitoring databases are an effective tool in combating prescription drug abuse, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called an epidemic.
But they acknowledge that getting physicians to use the tool has been challenging, especially in states where use of the database is voluntary. The ONC launched two pilot programs aimed at increasing use of the databases by making it easier for physicians to access them." Read More

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