Can EHRs help to fight addiction?

Yes, electronic health records (EHRs) can be a major help in fighting alcohol, drug, and prescription medication addiction.

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Alcohol and drug addiction is widespread in the U.S.

The numbers are staggering.

78 people die from opioid overdose alone each day.

Drug abuse costs the country $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse costs $249 billion each year.

EHRs can be used as a tool to help make providers aware of addictions. Better communication among providers can lead to prevention interventions and aid for people suffering from addiction.

Opioid abuse has skyrocketed in recent years and EHRs are being used as a means to curtail the problem. Awareness is the first step to combating the epidemic.

Of the 27 million Americans with addiction problems, only about 10% seek treatment.

Other health IT measures such as patient registries, mobile apps, and computer education could potentially help to reach those suffering from addiction to expand access to care.

We help our clients make sure their EHRs are operating efficiently for their practice.

Some practices, especially mental health professionals, have EHRs specifically tailored to address chemical dependencies.

Let us know what you think – have you noticed any patients with substance abuse issues? What have you done to help them?

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