Sentara Medical Group launches opioid prescription review software
Providers with Sentara Medical Group (SMG) can now access the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program with just one click in the Sentara eCare Health Network. Gateway by Appriss Health makes it simpler and quicker for providers to review a patient’s pharmaceutical history before prescribing opioids or other controlled medications. The program alerts providers if the patient’s current medications might cause a reaction or if there is evidence of drug seeking behavior.
Providers are required to consult the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) before prescribing controlled drugs, but leaving the electronic medical record (EMR) to log into the PMP adds extra steps and time to the process. The Gateway program allows access to the PMP from within Sentara eCare, saving time for both the provider and patient.
This new technology adds to Sentara Medical Group’s existing efforts to reduce opioid dependence and abuse, including contracts signed by pain patients, pledging to take controlled medications as prescribed and not share them with anyone else. Violating the contract can result in dismissal from the practice.
Additionally, Sentara is part of a statewide collaboration with health systems using the Epic EMR platform, who are discussing how to optimize safe opioid prescribing in Epic. Those health systems are sharing best practices and working with Epic to develop tools to help our providers meet regulatory requirements and provide safe pain management for our patients. The collaborative includes Sentara, The University of Virginia Health System, INOVA, Riverside Regional Health System, Valley Health, and Carillion Clinic along with Epic representatives.