Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Lt. Governor Brian Calley sent a letter to all health systems and hospitals in Michigan this month urging them to integrate their existing electronic health records (EHR) with the new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
The new MAPS places Michigan at the forefront of prescription drug monitoring technology by providing the state’s prescribers with a user-friendly portal, making it more efficient for practitioners to obtain information of controlled substances and Schedule 2-5 drugs that have been dispensed. Upgrades to the new system have reduced record lookups to mere seconds while providing real-time prescription monitoring and interstate data sharing.
“MAPS is now a preventative technology platform that equips our health professionals and health systems with essential real-time data to help make informed clinical decisions,” said Calley. “Integration with the new MAPS is vital in our continued efforts to save more lives.”
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 August 31, 2019.
The simple integration process requires the following two steps:
Once these two documents are completed, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will connect providers to Appriss Health who will work with the health system and EHR vendor to walk through the integration process.
Providers who integrate will also receive Appriss Health’s NarxCare, a comprehensive substance use disorder platform with powerful analytics for risk assessment and patient support. NarxCare aggregates two years of historical prescription data from providers and pharmacies, including quantities and active prescriptions, and presents interactive, visual representations of the data. The platform also provides tools and resources to enable prescribers, dispensers and care teams to help patients and connect them to treatment if necessary.
“The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency and needs to be treated as one,” said Calley. “It doesn’t discriminate based on geography or economic status and has affected us all in some capacity. It’s going to take a collection of prevention and treatment strategies to provide the best possible care for Michigan residents suffering from this epidemic.”
More information on the new MAPS and resources to integrate can be found at Michigan.gov/MIMapsInfo.