6 resources for National Recovery Month

September 19, 2018 |  Nursing, Physician, Population Health

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September is
National Recovery Month — a time to recognize the more than 11 million Americans who are struggling with opioid addiction. This massive problem has grown exponentially over the years and, unfortunately, seems to be the new norm.

MEDITECH is working to support industry efforts to end the opioid epidemic. We know that organizations need support to help patient populations affected by substance abuse. Check out a few of our resources:

  1. Standing on the front lines to fight the opioid battle

    In this blog, read about my involvement with the CHIME opioid task force, which centers around the ability to determine vendor readiness, technology options, data sharing, and common alerts in healthcare technology.

  2. Special Report: Strategies and challenges of managing the opioid crisis

    Created by members of MEDITECH’s Nurse Advisory Committee, this special report provides a first hand account of the opioid epidemic.

  3. Doctors hold the solution to the opioid crisis in our hands

    On the MEDITECH blog, Bryan Bagdasian, MD, shares some of the ways that physicians can assess a patient for pain control.

  4. The current state of the opioid crisis in the United States

    MEDITECH partnered with HIMSS for this webinar featuring Dr. Upendra Thaker, MD, of Mount Nittany Medical Center. Dr. Thaker sheds some insight on the potential of the EHR to provide tools that can reduce opioid related harm and deaths, as well as improve the quality of life for patients suffering from substance abuse disorders.

  5. MEDITECH integrates drug monitoring within Expanse to improve opioid prescribing

    MEDITECH integrated one-tap access to state-regulated electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) that track controlled substance prescriptions, directly within MEDITECH Expanse.

  6. CalvertHealth wins quality innovator award for opioid stewardship

    CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD) was recently named Health Quality Innovator for their collaborative Opioid Stewardship Program. Hear how they were recognized for implementing quality improvement strategies for better care, better population health, and lower costs.

Connect with us @MEDITECH and share your thoughts about National Recovery Month: #RecoveryMonth, #MEDITECH, @RecoveryMonth.

Interested in how nurses and nurse leaders can improve safety, even in the midst of the opioid epidemic? Read our special report.

Download the Opioid Crisis Special Report

Written by Janet Desroche, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH

Janet Desroche is a member of the CHIME Opioid Task Force and has been an integral part of the MEDITECH organization for over 30 years. During this period, her numerous contributions to Administrative, Revenue Cycle, and Advanced Clinical products have elevated the level of our software. In her current Associate Vice President role, she is instrumental in creating new content, advanced clinical decision support strategies, EHR Excellence Toolkits, Physician programs, and EHR Enabled Quality Improvement programs targeted to improved outcomes and health status.