Monitoring Opioid Use to Save Lives

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, the opioid crisis claims more than 130 lives.

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians aimed to help stop this epidemic by addressing gaps in prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), like usability and effectiveness from a user perspective, and differing practices across medical domains.

What did they discover? Through using CURES, California’s PDMP, researchers concluded that the unique needs from different medical domains were not able to be met via the PDMP. Additionally, patient substance history was difficult to retrieve, making interpretation difficult.

Why informatics? So, we can stop opioid misuse.