KAMMCO Develops New Tool to Assist Healthcare Providers Combating Opioid Epidemic

Physicians, hospitals and behavioral health providers participating in the CTHealthLink health information exchange will appreciate access to a new analytic dashboard—Opioid/Controlled Substances.   Developed by physicians in response to the widespread opioid crisis in this country, the new tool supplements the currently available Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

The tool builds upon a more comprehensive set of data than the PDMP, which only utilizes filled prescription data. The new dashboard provides participating clinicians with the list of opioids/controlled substances prescribed or administered to a clinician’s patients even before a prescription is filled at the pharmacy and even if the patient received prescriptions in multiple locations or states.

The tool utilizes data available through the physician-led CTHealthLink health information exchange as a part of the KAMMCO network which includes the states of Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana and used by prescribing providers and their delegates.

To develop this advanced analytics tool, the KAMMCO worked with leading Kansas physicians to assess how health information exchange data could better inform physicians regarding their patients’ history of opioid/controlled substance use. The tool helps physicians to identify their patient population who received at least one prescription/administration of opioids/controlled substances and isolate patients who received overlapping opioid medications. Dashboard functionality also allows breakouts by facility and date range of opioid prescriptions, overlapping prescriptions over 12 months, and top five opioid medications prescribed/administered to their patients.

CTHealthLink provides physicians with access to aggregated clinical data from the health information exchange through secure web-based dashboards. Additional analytic dashboards available to participating physicians include: High Risk Patients, 30 Day Readmissions, Disease Registries, Health Care Utilization, Behavioral Health, Preventive Care Quality Reporting and Polychronic Conditions.

To learn more about how CTHealthLink can help your organization visit or contact Matthew Katz, 203.641.7046.