Cerner to release 'opioid toolkit'

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Cerner CEO and Chairman Brent Shafer revealed details of the EHR vendor's newest suite of solutions, dubbed the "opioid toolkit," during a keynote address Oct. 9 at the annual Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

The toolkit, which will be available to all Cerner clients in late 2018, aims to help providers identify patients at risk for substance use disorder. The toolkit will offer various tools within Cerner's clinical workflow, including analytics to assess prescribing patterns, clinical decision support to help with opioid management and a substance use disorder risk algorithm.

"The opioid epidemic is one of the few things that Washington seems to be in agreement in acting on," Mr. Shafer said during his speech, which marked his first keynote address as CEO and chairman of Cerner. "This is one big impact we can have this year. For about a decade now, we've been investing in work to curb the opioid issue that is impacting so many communities across the country and the world."

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