State to Fund MAPS/EHR Integration to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Posted on June 22, 2017

Robert Riney, MHA Board of Trustees chair and Henry Ford Health System president, healthcare operations & COO, speaks during a press conference announcing the new funding for MAPS/EHR integration.On June 19, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that the state will be providing funding for integrating the new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) with the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy dispensation systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state to help combat the misuse of prescription drugs. The MHA has been working with the administration and elected officials to address the opioid epidemic since the inception of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Taskforce.

The new MAPS is a computerized system that allows prescribers to track patients’ prescriptions in real time and is designed to give prescribers and dispensers another tool to make informed medical decisions. Integration allows the new platform to become part of the clinical workflow, where dispensers and prescribers will have immediate access to a patient’s health history and usage patterns to help identify potential risk factors for prescription drug abuse. Streamlining the process also saves users valuable time and resources.

Thanks to efficiencies in the implementation of the new MAPS system and additional federal grants, the state will cover full integration and one year of license fees for users that apply for the funding within the next two years. To take advantage of the funding available for integration, the MHA urges hospitals to request software integration from LARA.

While the MHA continues to work with elected officials on addressing the opioid issue, the state funding available to help hospitals integrate their software systems with MAPS is a critical component in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA. 

Photo Caption: Robert Riney, MHA Board of Trustees chair and Henry Ford Health System president, healthcare operations & COO, speaks during a press conference announcing the new funding for MAPS/EHR integration.


Tags: MAPS, opioid, prescription drugs, Electronic Health Records

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare

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