In New York, drug overdose deaths relating to pharmaceuticals and prescription medicine abuse have risen 56 per cent since 1999. These harrowing figures were reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
They also reported that overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers are four times greater than the number of heron and cocaine deaths combined. This highlights the alarming shift in prescription medicine abuse from illicit drug use. Unfortunately, there is a similar trend emerging in Australia. This increases the need for the urgent implementation of a real time prescription monitoring system, such as MediSecure’s DrShop tool to fight prescription medicine abuse.
In New York, e-prescribing software DrFirst, has proven to provide substantial benefits to doctors and patients. This piece of technology has been recognised as one of the most effective ways to reduce prescription medicine abuse and so-called “doctor shopping.”
DrFirst offers solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of care, providing the health professional access to patient information in ensuring care delivery. The effect has been a tangible improvement in the rate of prescription medicine abuse.
The development of MediSecure’s real time prescription monitoring, DrShop, is driven by similar reasons in improving patient health outcomes through innovation and security.
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