Two of the largest health systems in Michigan are leading efforts to combat the opioid epidemic
Media Contact: LARA Communications
June 5, 2018 – Beaumont Health and Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan’s academic medical center) have placed their network of physicians and pharmacists at the forefront of prescription drug monitoring technology by integrating with the new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
More than 11,000 doctors and 400 pharmacists total between the two health systems are now integrated with the new MAPS and therefore better equipped to combat the opioid epidemic within their clinical workflow.
“These integrations are a monumental step in our continued battle with the opioid epidemic in Michigan,” said Kim Gaedeke, deputy director of the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). “We are pleased with the efforts of Beaumont Health and Michigan Medicine to integrate with the new MAPS and are excited to see other health systems and hospitals follow their lead.”
The new MAPS is a software tool that provides prescribers and dispensers with real-time prescription data and analytics of controlled substances and schedule 2-5 drugs that have been dispensed. MAPS helps clinicians to make informed decisions and provides resources to better assess a patient’s risk for substance use disorder.
“All Beaumont Health physicians, mid-level prescribers and health team members are receiving education and guidance on how to use the new Michigan Automated Prescription System,” said Beaumont Health Pain Management Services Chief Bruce Hillenberg, PhD. “Prescribers of opioids have already experienced the efficiency and speed of the integrated MAPS. Beaumont Health providers are confident that this integration will be a useful tool in assuring the safety of patients receiving opioids when medically necessary.”
Providers who integrate also received Appriss Health’s NarxCare, a comprehensive substance use disorder software platform that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning for risk assessment and patient support.
Through federal grants and state appropriated funds, LARA is covering the full cost of integration of MAPS into the clinical workflow of health systems, physician groups and pharmacies until August 31, 2019.
“We are very pleased to integrate MAPS within our electronic health record and feel this will help providers efficiently gain valuable information about their patients,” said Manager of Medication Use Informatics at Michigan Medicine Heather Somand, Pharm.D. “The response time of the new MAPS is mere seconds which is an enormous advantage over the previous system.”
Including Beaumont Health (7,400 prescribers, 300 pharmacists) and Michigan Medicine (4,288 prescribers, 164 pharmacists), a total of 15,102 prescribers and 1,385 pharmacists affiliated with health systems, hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies are integrated with the new MAPS.
The State is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic. The collaborative efforts of state agencies amplifies Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals and enforcement of overprescribers.
MAPS is administered by LARA. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides resources for patients, health professionals and communities related to prevention and treatment of opioid abuse. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality assists individuals with proper drug disposal of unwanted prescription medications. All Michigan State Police posts serve as prescription drug take-back sites and operate the Angel Program for individuals struggling with drug addiction. The efforts of state agencies are advised by the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission which is made up of health professionals, law enforcement officers, substance abuse treatment providers, government officials and citizens.