Partners HealthCare fully integrates state PDMP into its EHR

The Boston-based provider network is the first to have Massachusetts’ prescription drug monitoring program immediately available to clinicians at the point of care.

Partners HealthCare announced on Thursday that it has fully integrated the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) directly into its Epic electronic health record system, enabling doctors to check the database before writing opioid prescriptions.

According to Partners, integrating MassPAT into its Epic system will help prescribers by providing patients’ controlled substance prescription information within their electronic clinical charts.

“A critical piece of helping to prevent over-prescription of opioids is ensuring that providers have an accurate picture of patients’ prescription history, and MassPAT is an integral part of the Commonwealth’s strategy to support and connect healthcare providers,” said Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health Monica Bharel, MD. “Having the Partners HealthCare system fully integrated and focused on ensuring that its clinicians have access to this tool is an important advancement in our collective efforts to curb the opioid epidemic.”

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Partners’ EHR is connected to MassPAT through the PMP Gateway from Appriss Health, which was developed by the vendor to increase utilization of PDMP data at the point-of-care through integration with various clinical and pharmacy management systems.

Under an October 2016 Massachusetts law, all prescribers must query MassPAT before prescribing Schedule II or III substances. The Commonwealth was also one of the first states in the nation to impose a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions of opioids to patients.

According to a recent report conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, more than two-thirds of its residents who died from an opioid-related overdose between 2011 and 2014 had a legal opioid prescription at some point during that time period. In addition, non-fatal overdoses in the state increased by nearly 200 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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