ECRI Institute, EHR Association develop new opioid prescribing guidelines

The ECRI Institute and EHR Association released new recommendations for safer opioid prescribing through EHRs.

To draw up the new guidelines, the EHRA sought expertise from EHR designers and developers. The experts analyzed data from the EHRA and ECRI Institute's joint collaborative, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, as well as various patient safety organizations.  

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety issued three main recommendations for healthcare providers:

1. Authorize technologies to more safely monitor and measure opioid prescribing patterns.

2. Ensure EHRs can extract and access necessary data to support prescribing measures and propel clinical decision support.

3. Deliver opioid-prescribing CDS interventions at the appropriate workflow time for patients exposed to opioids as well as patients who haven't been exposed to the drug.

To access the full report, click here.

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