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Altering EHR settings reduces amount of prescribed opioids

from MD Magazine

The findings of a recent study indicated that an EHR-based intervention could have implications for opioid prescribing and could be used to help combat the opioid epidemic. Juan Carlos Montoy, MD, Ph.D., and a team of investigators sought to determine whether and the extend that changes in default settings in the EHR were associated with opioid prescriptions for patients leaving the emergency department. The team collected data and found that a lower EHR default setting was associated with a lower number of prescribed pills. more

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