As Deb Wade explains in this episode of the eClinicalWorks® Podcast, the PDMP functionality within eClinicalWorks allows providers to check a report before a patient encounter that shows all the medications a patient is taking.
Wade added that providers also have access to scores, delivered into the Progress Note, that measure each patient’s use of controlled substances.
“They can then safely decide whether or not that patient needs a narcotic,” she said. “That feature allows the provider to potentially avoid awkward conversations with their patients if, say, they might have a drug-seeker on their hands, or maybe a patient with just a lot of controlled substances that maybe weren't provided by the external prescription history, because that’s not fully inclusive.”
A hopeful turn in national trends
A customer integrating with PDMP can choose either Appriss® Health*, available in every state except New York and Missouri, or LogiCoy* if the practice is located in Maryland, Kentucky, Nebraska, Utah, California, Illinois, or Washington State.
eClinicalWorks practices enjoy reporting and log options that show complete patient information. As an additional safeguard against drug-seeking, they can request data from several states when, for example, they are concerned that patients might be crossing state lines to visit other pharmacies.
“You can reach out directly to Appriss,” Wade said, “name your home state, and then the list of other states that you’d like to see. Once the integrations are approved by those states, as you do checks for your patients, you’ll see those states starting to show up in those results. That’s essential to be able to do this right.”