HITN's Opioid Safety Alliance Debuts New Video at Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta

Video unveiled at nation's largest annual conference addressing the opioid crisis explains coalition's nationwide, real-time PDMP solution

ATLANTA, GA (April 4, 2018): Health IT Now's Opioid Safety Alliance - a working group of prescribers, dispensers, professional societies, and patients advocating for the use of technology to fight illegitimate opioid use - debuted a new video this week outlining its proposed nationwide, real-time PDMP solution at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA - the nation's largest annual conference addressing the opioid crisis. 

The video, unveiled at a briefing for summit attendees entitled "Using Health IT to Improve Opioid Safety for Patients," explains the group's Prescription Safety Alert System - an answer to the current limitations of PDMP networks.

This policy solution, also discussed in a recent joint op-ed with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), would limit doctor and pharmacy-shopping, identify cash transactions and fill attempts, rather than just completed fills, and help prevent inappropriate cross-state prescriptions that have long gone unnoticed. 

As a sponsor of the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, HITN's Opioid Safety Alliance was featured among a lineup that included former President Bill Clinton, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, NIH Director Francis Collins, and others. The group also landed a full-page ad in the event program. 

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

"With this video launch and our role at the nation's largest annual conference addressing the opioid crisis, HITN's Opioid Safety Alliance shows we are fully committed to enacting our solution for putting real-time information in the hands of prescribers and pharmacists to stop fraudulent opioid fills and identify victims of opioid misuse before it's too late. Already, the White House is taking notice of our efforts - including calls for states to 'transition to a nationally interoperable' PDMP network in its most recent policy blueprint - and, now, the thousands of healthcare influencers at this week's summit are taking notice as well. We look forward to our continued work to bring this policy solution over the finish line and finally harness the true potential of health IT in the fight against this most urgent of public health crises." 

Health IT Now & NCPDP joint op-ed in The Hill: A 21st-Century Solution to the Opioid Crisis" 
Health IT Now two-pager on the Prescription Safety Alert System
PHOTO: Health IT Now's breakout session at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit