Maryland’s statewide health information exchange now enables physicians to monitor patients’ use of controlled substances.

The HIE, called the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, has linked to the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This gives physicians online access to patients’ controlled substances prescription history. The state has a goal of reducing overdose deaths by 20 percent by the end of 2015.

Having access to controlled substance prescription history will enable physicians to screen for substance use disorders and make referrals for appropriate assessment and treatment. According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more than 40 percent of overdoses between 2007 and 2012 involved one or more prescription opioid painkillers.

More information on participating in the controlled substances monitoring program is available here.

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