1. Opioid Epidemic
REVIEW: The opioid epidemic is on everyone's mind -- from President Trump, who mentioned the devastating toll of drug addiction in a recent speech, to HIMSS sessions and general discussions. At HIMSS, speakers focused on how EPCS state mandates and state prescription drug monitoring programs can begin to address opioid addiction. Electronic prescribing with PDMP access can streamline these two workflows into one, offering providers, hospitals, and vendors a simplified solution to increase patient safety and to ensure compliance with emerging state policies.
APPLY: As state EPCS with PDMP regulations continue to emerge, providers and vendors can prepare for compliance before it is mandated. Experts recommend exploring vendors with the capacity to seamlessly become part of existing workflows.
3. Care Collaboration
REVIEW: Many conversations at HIMSS17 surrounded secure messaging as a care collaboration tool. Providers are struggling to streamline communication, with some hospital staff needing to engage in five different platforms to collaborate on patient care. Secure messaging is emerging as a way to create care collaboration networks, within secure platforms familiar to both the provider and the patient.
APPLY: As more and more providers seek secure messaging tools, new vendors will be entering the space. Seek out vendors who are experienced with health care and HIPAA compliance, those who offer tools that can communicate with different products, and vendors who can help providers easily integrate data into existing EMR.
4. Patient Engagement
5. Medication Adherence
REVIEW: Though an essential part of treating patient conditions medication adherence rates remain low. Half of patients fail to take medications as prescribed and one in five prescriptions go unfilled. HIMSS conversations focused on how to take advantage of technology and data to improve medication adherence.
APPLY: Only 23% of primary care physicians report addressing medication adherence with their patients. Explore how products like digital personal medication records and patient engagement tools can take the burden off the provider.
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