The New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust will invest $1.5 million in a new medical tool to fight opioid addiction.
The tool, developed by Utah-based Collective Medical Technologies, gives medical personnel in hospitals automatic alerts on patients’ prescription histories, drawing from the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program. The alerts are activated as soon as an individual is entered into a hospital’s system, eliminating the need for medical staff to take the time to search the state’s database. The tool helps identify individuals who frequent different medical facilities to receive opioid prescriptions.
“We’ve seen far too many drug victims come into our [emergency departments] when it’s already too late to save them,” said NJHA CEO Cathy Bennett, in a prepared statement.
“NJHA has embraced a new mission and vision of improving the health and well-being of the people in our state, and today we’re backing that commitment with a significant investment,” she continued. “While opioid abuse is one of our most urgent needs, this resource has the potential to be a powerful population health tool through better coordination across care settings.”