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2016 National Progress Report Points to New Tools to Combat Opioid Abuse

Claiming the lives of 91 Americans each day, America’s opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis.[i] State governments are increasingly taking action through a combination of public policy, technology adoption and education initiatives, as evidenced by the surge of mandates across the country. Surescripts 2016 National Progress Report shows that while e-prescribing is one of the most powerful tools available to fight prescription painkiller fraud and abuse, there are many factors at play.

New York Leading the Charge to Prevent Opioid Prescription Fraud and Abuse

If you follow the news, you’re aware of the fact that opioid addiction is an American public health crisis that’s reached epidemic proportions. In fact, it was recently estimated that drug overdose killed more than 59,000 people last year—the largest annual increase ever, with a significant portion by opioids, which include prescription pain relievers oxycodone, fentanyl and others. 

Tackling the Adherence Epidemic with Innovative Technology

Medication non-adherence is a national epidemic that costs billions of dollars annually and negatively impacts the health of millions of Americans. Therefore, it’s extremely important that doctors have the tools and information they need to address adherence issues right at the point of care in order to guide patients toward positive outcomes.

Better Actionable Intelligence Means Better Healthcare for All

Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report today, revealing substantial network growth, expanded provider connectivity and increased technology adoption—all good signs of progress toward the healthcare industry reaching its “holy grail” of increased quality and patient safety at a lower cost. Here are highlights from this year’s report.

Maine Next in Line to Battle Opioid Abuse with EPCS

Opioid abuse is growing by epidemic proportions and no state is immune to its tragic effects—including Maine. In 2016, overdose deaths in the state increased 40% over the previous year.* The good news: Maine is gearing up to fight the epidemic with Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS).

Industry Collaboration Is the Key to Improving Patient Safety

With more than one billion e-prescriptions flowing through our network every year, we must ensure the data is comprehensive, accurate and usable. When clinicians and pharmacists receive reliable information at critical points of care—we call it actionable patient intelligence—they can make better informed decisions. This leads to lower costs, higher quality and increased safety—the “holy grail” of healthcare.

Surescripts Sentinelâ„¢ Takes E-Prescribing to a Whole New Level

With the shift toward value-based care and the fact that three-fourths of the nation’s prescriptions are now electronic, data accuracy is more important than ever. And given that 1.5 billion electronic prescriptions cross the Surescripts network each year, we must ensure the information is correct and workflows are efficient so patient care and safety can be optimized.

States Push to Combat Opioid Abuse With E-prescribing Technology

Opioid medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and suffering, but their abuse and misuse is killing more than 33,000 Americans every year. Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions and a significant national public health challenge. The good news is, it’s one that states are increasingly taking action against with an important weapon: health information technology. 

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