Calley Urges Health Systems to Use State Funding to Integrate with MAPS
Posted on February 22, 2018
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley sent a letter to all health systems and hospitals in Michigan Feb. 22 urging them to integrate their existing electronic health records (EHR) with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) as part of the fight against opioid misuse. The new MAPS is a computerized system that allows prescribers to track patients’ prescriptions in real time and is designed to give prescribers and dispensers another tool to make informed medical decisions.
Integration allows the new platform to become part of the clinical workflow, where dispensers and prescribers will have immediate access to a patient’s health history and usage patterns to help identify potential risk factors for prescription drug abuse. Streamlining the process also saves users valuable time and resources. The MHA has been working with the administration and elected officials to address the opioid epidemic since the inception of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Taskforce.
State funding for the integration became available in June 2017. The state of Michigan is covering the full cost of integration of MAPS into the clinical workflow of health systems, physician groups and pharmacies until Aug. 31, 2019. To take advantage of the funding available for integration, the MHA urges hospitals to request software integration from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). LARA will connect providers to Appriss Health, which will walk through the integration process with the health system and EHR vendor.
While the MHA continues to work with elected officials on addressing the opioid issue, the state funding available to help hospitals integrate their software systems with MAPS is a critical component in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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