Upendra Thaker, MD, FIPP, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Dr. Thaker is a practicing anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he is also the associate chief medical officer. In addition, he is a clinical assistant professor.

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How an EHR can help physicians practice opioid stewardship


As physicians, we often don’t see the harm that opioid pain medications can cause to the individual, whether through side effects, dependence, or diversion. Also, we may not always consider the implications on the national scale; prescription drug overdose deaths have increased exponentially from 2013 to 2016. The magnitude of this crisis has led to pain management guidelines from numerous entities, such as the Joint Commission and the CDC. These recommendations provide a solid foundation for opioid stewardship and are now considered to be best practice.  

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Patient Safety, C-level