2018-09-13 / Local & State

FCMC Foundation Funds Opioid Abuse Prevention

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The Fulton County Medical Center recently implemented new software allowing FCMC providers to access the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and a multi-state database of controlled narcotic prescriptions.

Supported by a $10,000 grant from the FCMC Foundation, the software tool allows practitioners to quickly que up patient history rather than accessing an outside program. The increase in efficiency of the prescription process improves patient experience and decreases the likelihood of providing medication to drug-seeking individuals.

“The PDMP is a great management tool which improves patient care and safety while preventing abuse,” said Dr. Douglas Stern, chief of FCMC Medical

Staff. “It is a great communication tool between providers to prevent overprescribing controlled medications.” FCMC is required by state law to submit controlled substance prescription information to the PDMP and its statewide database.

The new software allows for faster access to not only the Pennsylvania database, but a growing list of 17 states and the District of Colombia.

“Integrating the Pennsylvania PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) with our ePrescribing vendor, as well as our electronic health record, empowers our providers with the necessary data to efficiently monitor a patient’s medication history and identify troubling patterns,” said Jeanne Leedy, FCMC information technology director.

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