Congratulations to our client, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Initiative, for winning a 2017 FedHealthIT Innovation Award!
Our client, Federal Health Architecture (FHA), was recognized by the FedHealth IT Innovation Awards on June 6, 2017, for the CONNECT Empowering Opioid Exchange project. Opioids play an important role in pain management. Unfortunately, in addition to this important role in pain management, the abuse and misuse of opioid medications has become a public health crisis. Since 1999, the amount of prescription drugs prescribed and sold in the United States has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. Over-prescribing leads to more abuse and more overdose deaths.
The CONNECT project is part of the ongoing initiative to address the opioid epidemic, by creating a security gateway that enables nationwide health information exchange specifics to bridge the gap between federal agencies and multiple statewide prescription exchanges. With the CONNECT Empowering Opioid Exchange project, federal agencies will now be able to pull in prescription test data from PMP InterConnect using federally trusted, open-source software. Information from CONNECT’s Opioid Pilot Program will help HHS identify the use and misuse of prescription drugs by linking federally required patient records with prescription data records. The opioid data can be proactively leveraged by authorized federal agencies to provide earlier identification, develop more effective patient treatments, help address opioid doctor shopping, and improve research of opioid use in the U.S.
We are honored, as the prime contractor on the CONNECT project, to support our client, and work towards improving health information exchange and more effective and efficient methodology of tracking prescription drug use.