Mitigating the Opioid Crisis for Wound Care Providers Using Opioid Stewardship

Robert George Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh


Wounds. 2020;32(6):146-151. 

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I: Information Technology

"I" stands for information technology. The ability to use information technology resources is critical to provide benchmarking of opioid use and the collection of metrics to create clinical decision support tools to build best practice models.[6] The use of the electronic health record can prioritize non-opioid and non-pharmacologic pain management options and redirect clinicians who have historically been trained to practice using opioids as a first-line pain relief option.[6] Opioid stewardship programs can leverage electronic health records to develop dashboards of opioid-use patterns by departments with the goal of reducing variability as a marker of quality care.[6] Furthermore, these OSPs can provide an overview of regulatory changes and help evolve state laws that influence mandatory prescription drug monitoring program queries and consent for minors for opioid use and prompt the initiation of control substance agreements.[6] Finally, the information technology arm of the OSP will assist with legal compliance at both the state and national levels.[5,6]