SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Collective Medical, delivering the nation’s largest and most effective network for care collaboration, today announced that hospitals across the State of Alaska now have access to state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information at the point of care. This connection builds upon the value of Alaska’s 2017 statewide rollout of the Collective network and platform, led by a collaboration between the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), the State of Alaska, and the Alaska Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (AK-ACEP).
Alaska’s healthcare system serves a population of 740,000 spread across 663,000 square miles. Collaborative efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and better coordinate care across this rugged and massive geography have received national attention in recent months. In addition to the creation and adoption of evidence-based, clinical prescribing guidelines by providers across the state, ASHNHA and AK-ACEP pushed the statewide rollout and adoption of the Collective network and platform in 2017 so that providers could identify and collaborate on their highest needs patients in real-time.
Dr. Anne Zink, FACEP, emergency medicine director at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska, describes the combination of the Collective network, the insights provided by the PDMP and statewide prescribing guidelines as “transformational.” She adds that, “At Mat-Su, specifically, we’ve seen a 61 percent reduction in opioid scripts written between 2015 and 2017 and a 47 percent reduction in opioids given in the emergency department.”
The live connection between the Collective network and the state PDMP, powered by Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway clinical workflow integration solution, will add even more value to providers across all points of care—not just those in emergent situations—by having the right information in real-time to quickly identify a patient with a potential opioid addiction.
But, as noted by Becky Hultberg, President and CEO at ASHNHA, “The goal isn’t to simply avoid writing a prescription for opiates. With the insights delivered through Collective by the PDMP, providers can change the conversation with a patient who has a possible addiction problem. Physicians can direct them toward help and coordinate with the patient’s broader care team to put them on the path to health.”
The Collective network is live in states across the country including Washington, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia, Alaska, New Mexico and many others. The network and Collective’s real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration platform serves all points of care, including emergency department, inpatient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as ACOs and health plans.
“Early feedback indicates the collaboration between ASHNHA, AK-ACEP and the State of Alaska is making a huge impact not just on the opioid epidemic, but on delivering better care to all patients,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re honored and proud to support this effort; it’s an example of how we can make an incredible impact, collectively, when working toward the common goal of catching patients before they fall.”
Collective is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s fastest growing companies.
Learn more about Collective’s impact at www.collectivemedical.com.
ABOUT COLLECTIVE MEDICAL
Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care. With a nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands of providers, Collective’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by care teams to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based in Salt Lake City, Collective is proven to streamline transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce medically unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at www.collectivemedical.com and Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
ABOUT THE ALASKA STATE HOSPITAL AND NURSING HOME ASSOCIATION (ASHNHA)
The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association represents more than 65 hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care organizations who employ over 10,000 Alaskans. Our membership spans geographically from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Utqiaġvik. Our diverse association unites every small rural hospital and large hospital system in the state around common goals. For over 60 years, ASHNHA members have worked to improve health care in Alaska. Learn more at www.ashnha.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.