The Michigan Automated Prescription System (“MAPS”) is going to merge with electronic medical record systems.
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In Michigan, state officials plan to merge electronic medical records (“EMRs”) into the existing online prescription drug reporting and tracking system.
This is part of the push to fight opioid deaths, which have quadrupled since 1999.
Only 28% of physicians currently use MAPS in Michigan. The state would like to increase participant numbers through the merging of systems to about 80%.
The state believes it will see increased numbers, because once MAPS is included in EMRs, it will be much more convenient for providers to use. Instead of having multiple logins and data entry requirements, there will now only be one login for all data.
The integration will also allow physicians to have a better overview of patients’ conditions and healthcare procedures.
MAPS will initially be integrated into the largest EMRs, such as Epic, Cerner, McKesson, and others. Then, the state will move to the many smaller EMRs.
The integration will be funded with $2.1 million in state and federal funding.
The integrated program will provide physicians with suggestions on treatment options, education and care coordination.
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