CERNER DOUBLES DOWN ON EFFORTS TO CURB OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Major EHR vendor Cerner is teaming up with medication management solutions provider DrFirst to embed data from across 46 states’ prescription drugf monitoring programs into its EHR systems.

Why this matters: More streamlined access to PDMPs could help physicians identify and manage patients at risk of abusing opioids. If a physician can quickly call upon information from PDMP databases alongside a patient’s medical history, they could provide more informed care and combat opioid overprescribing.

Final word: As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the US, hospitals could lean on tech solutions for support.