Health IT Now Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – responded today to the president’s declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. 

Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:

“Health IT Now believes that both Congress and the administration should use every tool at their disposal to fight the opioid crisis – an epidemic that claims the lives of 91 Americans each day. While provisions in the president’s directive expanding access to treatment via telehealth are a welcome and laudable reform, we believe the administration should take additional steps to leverage technology to fight back the tide of this epidemic,” said HITN Executive Director Joel White. “This includes policies to allow for fully interoperable prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) with real-time updates that will be queried at both the doctor’s office and the pharmacy counter, in order to stop opioid abuse before it occurs. We also believe Congress should reform the overly-broad federal regulation known as 42 CFR Part 2 that has prevented providers from knowing critical, relevant information about a patient’s past addiction. We are committed to being part of the solution to this national emergency that has gone on for too long.”