NarxCheck Available for Premier Health Inpatients

Premier Pulse     July 2017

Increasing issues with prescription drug abuse and potential transition to other opiates have made it extremely important for clinicians to be aware of what individuals are taking. In addition, it is legally mandated to query the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) database when prescribing controlled substances for chronic use. To enhance quality for our patients and to make our providers more efficient, Premier Health began using the NarxCheck product. This was first available for our emergency department patients, and eventually we were able to add the ambulatory office setting. Now we will be able to use it for inpatients.

NarxCheck can be activated from within Epic and will send the patient’s information to OARRS, automatically returning a three-digit score reflecting current and past prescribed controlled substance use. In addition, a hyperlink will open the patient’s full OARRS report, which is presented in an easy-to-read graphic display. This way it is possible to get a full picture of what a patient is taking with regard to controlled substances in just a few seconds. Regular use will benefit the health of our community and keep you compliant with state laws. Additional information is available through normal Epic assistance channels. 

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