Partners HealthCare adds state's prescription monitoring tool to EHR

Boston-based Partners HealthCare will integrate the commonwealth of Massachusetts' prescription awareness tool into its Epic EHR system.

The tool, called MassPAT, was designed in 2016 to align healthcare providers across Massachusetts on a common platform to monitor opioid prescriptions.

"A critical piece of helping to prevent over-prescription of opioids is ensuring that providers have an accurate picture of patients' prescription history," Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health Monica Bharel, MD, said in a news release. "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."

By adding MassPAT to its EHR, Partners HealthCare physicians will be able to access a patient's controlled substance prescription information immediately within the patient's electronic records.

"By viewing a patient's prescription information in MassPAT, Partners' providers are better informed about their patient's medication use, can avoid duplication of drug therapies and can coordinate care by communicating with other prescribers to improve clinical outcomes," Partners HealthCare Chief Quality and Safety Officer Thomas Sequist, MD, said in a news release.

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