Thought leader podcast series: Addressing the opioid crisis

February 26, 2019 |  CIO, Podcast, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Patient Safety


In our latest Thought Leader podcast, I speak with Phil Campbell, CIO and VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD), about how his organization has been addressing the opioid crisis through its award-winning Opioid Stewardship Program


Phil describes Calvert’s multidisciplinary approach to providing education and guidance to prescribers within the hospital, as well as reaching beyond the hospital walls to build relationships with community resources. They have already seen remarkable results, including a 94 percent decline in dilaudid use and a 46 percent decrease in the use of other opioids.

Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • 1:18- Personal impact of the opioid crisis on CalvertHealth

  • 2:38- CalvertHealth’s proactive approach

  • 5:12- Getting providers to take leadership roles

  • 9:22- Aligning the EHR with Maryland’s health information exchange

  • 14:44- Next steps

  • 16:11- Advice for other executives

Learn more about MEDITECH Expanse’s integrated Opioid Stewardship Toolkit that supports efforts to identify high-risk patients and reduce opioid-related harm. 

Discover MEDITECH Expanse's Opioid Stewardship Toolkit

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.