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Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Opioid abuse accounts for over 100 deaths per day in the United States. Not only are these drugs impacting the average American citizen, but 10 to 15 percent of healthcare workers are also misusing opioids and roughly 10 percent have a substance abuse disorder.

How a Drug Diversion EHR Tool Can Curb the Opioid Crisis

How a Drug Diversion EHR Tool Can Curb the Opioid Crisis

Mount Sinai Health System in Brooklyn, NY, implemented a drug diversion intelligence tool that triggers an immediate EHR alert, which runs contrary to its prior drug diversion intelligence.

Opioid abuse accounts for over 100 deaths per day in the United States. Not only are these drugs impacting the average American citizen, but 10 to 15 percent of healthcare workers are also misusing opioids and roughly 10 percent have a substance abuse disorder.

While the impaired healthcare worker puts himself at risk, he also presents a major risk to patient safety. Additionally, drug diversions cost the healthcare industry roughly $70 billion each year.

From a patient safety standpoint, an impaired healthcare worker can impact infection control and either contaminate or tamper medication, resulting in deadly consequences.

On the financial side, if the worker is selling the product for substantial profit and gets caught, the health system now has a diversion event within its organization.

“You have a damaged reputation,” Lucy Cannizzaro, pharmacy director of Mount Sinai Health System, said in an interview with EHRIntelligence. “Patients who hear this in the news might be reluctant to come to your hospital if they feel there’s a problem such as this going on there.”

 

Read more at: https://ehrintelligence.com/news/how-a-drug-diversion-ehr-tool-can-curb-the-opioid-crisis

 

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