Ohio to add patient safety features to PDMP

Ohio is updating its prescription drug monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, to provide Ohio prescribers and pharmacists with advanced analytics and tools to promote patient safety and clinical decision-making.

The OARRS upgrade will feature scores that calculate a patient's risk of overdose and addiction, red flags to alert prescribers to potential safety issues, prescription data visualization, messaging options and search tools for local addiction treatment providers. The platform will be available for free to all Ohio healthcare providers accessing OARRS via EHRs Nov. 20.

"Through this upgrade, Ohio becomes the first state in the nation to offer this powerful analytics tool statewide," said State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven W. Schierholt. "This is another step in our commitment to utilize data in OARRS to better inform patient care."

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