Press Release

July 24th 2017

Deaconess Health System to Access State of Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (INSPECT) Within Electronic Health Records in Workflow via Appriss Health

Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway Solution to Enable Integration of PDMP Information Into Electronic Health Records to Help Identify, Prevent and Manage Substance Use Disorder

LOUISVILLE, KY – July 24, 2017 – Appriss Health, provider of the most comprehensive platform for substance use disorder in the U.S., today announced  it has signed an agreement with Deaconess Health System, consisting of six hospitals in southwest Indiana, to enable integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information directly into electronic health records (EHRs) via Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway managed service solution. PMP Gateway enables access to data, analytics, tools and resources from PDMPs within care team workflows in real-time, at the point-of-care, at every patient encounter, to improve patient safety and outcomes. The integration is the first of its kind in Indiana.

Today, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke were joined by leaders from the Indiana health community and Appriss Health at Deaconess Gateway Hospital to announce the PDMP integration into workflow. Clinicians will now be able to access a patient’s prescription history within the EHR, whereas physicians and pharmacists previously needed to log into a separate INSPECT website to retrieve a patient’s controlled substance dispensations from the state database and then cross-reference that data with a patient’s health information in what was a time-consuming process.

“In the most recent statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health, we, unfortunately, saw opioid related deaths increase by 3.5 percent per year from 2011-2015. In addition, we saw a 60 percent increase in non-fatal ER visits from opioid overdose at the same time,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “This resource, putting INSPECT data directly in the hands of doctors making critical prescribing decisions, will save lives and support the State of Indiana in the fight against prescription drug and opioid abuse.”

“At Deaconess, we are committed to the prevention of prescription drug misuse and abuse in our patient population,” said Dr. Gina Huhnke, Director Medical Affairs and Emergency Medicine at Deaconess. “Integrating INSPECT information into daily workflow ensures prescribers at Deaconess will more often, and more easily, access this valuable prescription monitoring data to make better informed clinical decisions to better ensure patient safety. We look forward to working with the State of Indiana and Appriss Health on these important efforts.”

“Deaconess has taken a major step towards ensuring the best standard of care for its patients,” said Rob Cohen, President, Appriss Health. “We applaud them for taking a proactive approach to becoming the first health system in Indiana to deploy clinical workflow integration of PDMP data and clinical decision support solutions for substance use disorder directly within their EHR.”

PMP Gateway is a managed service platform that provides comprehensive connectivity, and access to clinical decision support, patient support, patient engagement and care coordination that interoperates seamlessly with leading EHR and pharmacy management systems, PMP InterConnect and 42 PDMPs across the U.S.

Deaconess Health System is also piloting Appriss Health’s NarxCare platform, which empowers prescribers and dispensers to identify patients that may be at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death, and equips clinicians and care teams with the advanced analytics, tools and technology they need to help those patients.

 

About Appriss Health

Appriss Health provides the nation’s most comprehensive platform for early identification, prevention and management of substance use disorder (SUD). We provide state government agencies with the most advanced repository of controlled substance dispensing data, and deliver real-time clinical decisioning support, critical insights and interventions to physicians, pharmacists, and care team members through millions of patient encounters each year. Our solutions enable healthcare providers, pharmacists, and care team members to assess and manage clinical risk in order to positively impact patient safety and population health outcomes. For more information, please visit www.apprisshealth.com.

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