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Marshfield Clinic First in Wisconsin to Integrate Prescription Monitoring Data into Clinical Workflow

LOUISVILLE, KY., March 2, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Appriss Inc., a leading technology provider for risk assessment and analytics in public safety and health care, announced that is has signed an agreement with Marshfield Clinic and facilitate easy integration of opiate prescription histories into electronic medical records (EMRs). The Appriss integration solution provides opiate prescription histories in real-time, at the point-of-care. This increased accessibility is expected to increase prescription monitoring data usage to improve patient safety and combat prescription drug abuse and diversion.

The Appriss secure integration technology provides a variety of options for health IT systems to integrate Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data into physician and pharmacist workflows. Physicians and pharmacists currently log into separate websites to retrieve a patient's opiate prescriptions and then cross-reference this data with a patient's health information in other systems. At Marshfield Clinic, the Appriss integration provides instant access to the patient's data within the electronic health records.

"Our Marshfield Clinic physicians have overwhelmingly embraced Appriss' mission of improving prescribing confidence," said Dr. Eric Penniman, East District 4 Medical Director for Primary Care. "Having access to prescription monitoring data directly from within the medication prescribing program has been significant for our physicians and they are universally grateful for this EMR tool."

The benefits of EHR integration and interoperability have long been recognized by Brandeis University's PDMP Center of Excellence (COE). The September 2012 Guidance of PDMP Best Practices recognizes that "integrating PDMP data retrieval with health information exchanges (HIE), electronic health records (EHR), and pharmacy dispensing systems should help reduce the time and effort needed for prescribers and their staff and for pharmacists to access a patient's prescription history." (http://www.pdmpexcellence.org/). The report further details that integration will maximize both the number of users (prescribers and dispensers) receiving the information and the utility for each of those users.

"By providing prescription monitoring data directly at the point-of-care, Marshfield has taken a major step towards improving patient safety in Wisconsin," said Ken Cassell, Vice President of Business Development at Appriss. "Real-time monitoring also saves valuable minutes for providers, helping to ensure the best standard of care for all patients."

For more information about Appriss integration technologies, please visit http://www.appriss.com/pmpgateway.html and http://www.appriss.com/narxcheck.html.

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Source: Appriss