A health care system in Ohio says it has cut opioid prescriptions for acute pain by more than 60 percent over 18 months, according to a Fierce Healthcare report.
MetroHealth System touts an electronic medical record system as the key component to bringing on the dramatic reduction in opioid prescriptions. Officials say they’ve reduced prescriptions by roughly 3 million pills.
According to Fierce Healthcare, the health system implemented an alert setup in the record system to flag patients who could be at risk for addiction, which triggered discussions about different drugs and lower doses.
MetroHealth’s chief executive says the provider has worked to consistently implement policies that help combat opioid addiction and abuse.
“We’ve been tackling the opioid epidemic for a long time,” MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros told Fierce Healthcare. “Not until recently did we recognize that providers can do a lot more.”