In an attempt to help, Toronto-based startup CognisantMD has released a comprehensive and easy-to-use toolkit that physicians can apply at the point of care to assess, track and monitor opioid use in the patient record. The tools, which provide guideline-based decision support through a series of patient questionnaires and agreements, patient record flowsheets, and risk assessment calculators, are freely available for use with OceanWave™ patient tablets and TELUS PS Suite® Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
The toolkit comes on the heels of an announcement by the Ministry of Health of a $3.6 million fund to support the development of evidence-based practices for appropriate prescribing of commonly abused prescription drugs, including opioids.
“Without a proper screening and charting process in place for prescribing controlled substances, patients are at risk. On the one hand, we’re seeing rates of opioid addiction and related deaths skyrocket; on the other hand, many physicians are erring on the side of caution, leading to inadequate pain management,”
The Opioid Management Toolkit includes five patient-facing tools to assess pain levels and risk of abuse, capture a focused history during follow-up visits, and secure agreement from patients around treatment plans. These questionnaires can be administered on a touchscreen tablet in the doctor’s office or online from the patient’s home via a secure web portal.
The toolkit also includes six resources designed for use with the EMR to assist in Opioid management, including point-of-care forms and flowsheets, calculators, and patient-centred handouts. All tools are available as a free download from the CognisantMD Library (http://www.cognisantmd.com/
The Opioid Management Toolkit (http://www.cognisantmd.com/
The Ocean Platform™ and associated library of tools are openly available to any consultants interested in responding to Health Canada’s Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) Call for Proposals.