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CognisantMD Releases Toolkit to Help Physicians Safely Prescribe Opioids
Opioid Management Toolkit includes patient questionnaires, calculators, and contracts to help physicians assess, track and monitor opioid use
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.