Prescription opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. were five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and in 2016 more than 46 people died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. i
It is estimated that more than 770,000 people die or are injured each year from adverse drug events. i
Nonadherence to prescribed medications is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and cost the American healthcare system between $100 to $289 billion every year. i
One out of every nine medical malpractice cases in the U.S. is associated with a medication error with average indemnity payment of $453,000 for cases involving some sort of medication error. i
Prescriber Problems
Most EHR systems are connected to various data intermediaries and State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) to retrieve and display medication histories from retail pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and other enterprise locations. When combined with the internal EHR patient medication history, these external medication history datasets can provide powerful clinical decision support to prescribers.
So why aren’t providers routinely reviewing their patients' medication histories prior to prescribing?
  • Providers must access multiple EHR screens to review medication history from different data sources thereby severely compromising its usability;
  • Available raw medication history data feeds provided by network intermediaries are not reconciled, frequently contain multiple duplicate records, and often run to multiple pages which discourages use;
  • Most EHR systems offer varied and rich repositories of medication data which requires providers and/or their staff to manually reconcile data – a laborious and time-consuming task that often does not get done, and;
  • Available raw data are not analyzed and summarized to provide meaningful and actionable clinical insights which leads to missed opportunities and suboptimal patient outcomes
The Adviva Health Solution
Adviva Health arms providers and their medical staff with targeted and actionable patient medication intelligence via a fully integrated EHR patient electronic medication history analytics platform designed to optimize clinical decisions and drive better health outcomes.
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