Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Innovation
The Tennessee Department of Health is committed to reducing overdose deaths in Tennessee. One focal point of the department’s overdose prevention efforts is reducing risky and inappropriate opioid prescribing. Dr. Tyndall will discuss a project, currently underway, to provide opioid prescribing and patient overdose information collected by the state back to Tennessee’s prescribers. Tennessee’s Enhanced Prescriber Reports will be available to registered users of the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database. These reports will include information about the prescriber’s personal prescribing patterns and comparisons with their peers as well as information on patients who have had overdoses reported from hospitals to the state. Dr. Tyndall will discuss the process of designing the reports and the systems to support them as well as the challenges of integrating and sharing state public health data.